Man faces culpable homicide charges

A Gokwe man stole his family’s vehicle and went for a joy ride, only to get involved in an accident which killed his brother.
Report by Richard Muponde Senior Court Reporter

Yesterday, Brighton Mutero (27) appeared before Gokwe resident provincial magistrate Shepherd Mjanja facing charges of driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s licence and culpable homicide.

He was remanded in custody to tomorrow for plea recording as police were carrying out further investigations.

Charges against him were that last Friday, Mutero took the family vehicle — a Toyota Platz — without permission and picked up three passengers, including his brother Admire.

He allegedly drove along the Gokwe–Kwekwe Road, heading towards Gokwe business centre.

However, when he arrived at the 131 kilometre peg, Mutero failed to control the vehicle and it veered off the road, hit a tree stump and rolled twice.

The injured passengers, including his brother, were rushed to Gokwe District Hospital. However Admire died on the way to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare where he had been transferred to.

Mutero, who had fled the accident scene, was later arrested the same day.

Also appearing before the same magistrate was a man who allegedly raped his niece several times for a period spanning a year.

The man (32) was not formally charged with five counts of rape and was remanded in custody to November 5. He was advised to apply to the High Court for bail.

Allegations against him are that between January last year and February this year, the man would sneak into the minor’s bedroom and rape her before, threatening to kill her if she told anyone about the matter.

He repeated the abuse several times and at one time the minor reported to her sister, but no action was taken.

The matter came to light last week when the girl was taken by her grandmother to Harare, where she disclosed the abuse and a police report was made, leading to her uncle’s arrest.

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