HARARE magistrate Barbara Chimboza yesterday set May 5 as the trial date for a man who killed a suspected thief in 2015 by crushing his hands and body with a hammer, after he allegedly caught him red-handed stealing from his house.
BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
Job Ndlovu, who is on $50 bail, for striking Brian Chataika with a hammer leading to the latter’s death, was initially charged with murder before the offence was later changed to culpable homicide.
It is the State’s case that on November 23, 2015 at around 2am, Chataika was caught red-handed inside Ndlovu’s bedroom carrying a solar panel and pushing it out through the window.
Ndlovu allegedly grabbed Chataika by the waist and wrestled with him as he shouted for neighbours to come to the rescue.
Ndlovu’s unidentified neighbours rushed to the scene and allegedly crushed Chataika’s hands and feet with a hammer before taking him to Epworth Police Station.
Chataika was later taken to Chitungwiza Central Hospital where he died on admission.
Ndlovu’s alleged accomplices are still at large.
Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.