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Man killed over spilled beer


A beer drinking binge ended tragically for a Birchenough Bridge man after he was assaulted and killed by a colleague following a brawl over spilled beer.

Report by Obey Manayiti  Staff Reporter

Witness Mlambo (24) was convicted of culpable homicide on his own plea by High Court judge Justice Susan Mavangira sitting in Mutare on Tuesday.

He was sentenced to five years in prison, but two were suspended on condition he would not be convicted of a similar offence in the next five years.

The court heard that on February 16 last year at Helani Night Club in Birchenough Bridge, Mlambo was drinking beer with the deceased Munyaradzi Chamusingarevi at around 3am in the morning.

The court heard that Chamusingarevi spilled Mlambo’s beer.

An altercation ensued and in the heat of the misunderstanding, Chamusingarevi walked out of the club to avoid further confrontation.

Mlambo followed Chamusingarevi who was in the company of another villager and caught up with them at a canal near his home.

It is the State’s submission that Mlambo started assaulting the deceased with clenched fists in the head. Chamusingarevi fell unconscious and his brother came over and took him to Birchenough Bridge Hospital for treatment.

He was later referred to Mutare Provincial Hospital for further treatment, but died on the way.

In passing sentence Justice Mavangira said it was dangerous for people to overreact under the influence of alcohol. Jane-Rose Matsikidze prosecuted.

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