Six in court for beating ‘thief’ to death

SIX Mutare men who allegedly beat a suspected “thief” to death yesterday appeared in court facing murder charges.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

Takudzwa Mandikate (31), Stuart Ziki (23), Archbald Masendeke (28), Wilson Nzula (37), Silvestone (20) and Lloyd Mlanga appeared before Mutare magistrate Tendai Mahwe, who granted them $50 bail each and remanded them to September 10.

Prosecutor Flecher Karombe said on August 26, 2018 the accused persons met the now-deceased along Dobson Road in Yeovil, Mutare.

The accused persons allegedly confronted the now-deceased, who was not named in court papers, and accused him of being a thief. The accused persons assaulted the now-deceased with a golf stick, open hands and booted feet all over his body and he sustained head injuries.

The court heard that Masendeke then took the now-deceased to Mutare Central Police Station where he filed a report of criminal trespass against him.

The man was referred to Mutare General Hospital for medical attention, where he died as a result of injuries sustained during the assault by the accused persons.

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