A 23-year-old gold panner from Zvishavane stabbed a rival suitor in a fight over a girl.
Clever Mubaiwa of Bara Village under Chief Masunda pleaded guilty to assault when he appeared before Zvishavane magistrate Archie Wochiunga.
He blamed his behaviour on beer saying he could not control himself.
“I was under the influence of beer as l had been drinking before the incident. I deeply regret my actions and I am very sorry especially to the complainant,” he said.
Magistrate Wochiunga sentenced him to nine months in prison saying a custodial sentence was mandatory to deter other would-be offenders.
“It is good that you are sorry for what you did and you also pleaded guilty without wasting the court’s time.
“But the honourable court cannot just let you go without a sentence because of the magnitude of the crime that you committed. You are therefore sentenced to nine months in prison. Three months is suspended on condition of good behaviour,” he said.
The court heard that on February 28, around 11 pm, Mubaiwa met Tanaka Dubai, who was in the company of a Vincent Chandada at an outdoor night club in Zvishavane.
Mubaiwa and Chandada were involved in an altercation over relations with a girl. Dubai then intervened and Mubaiwa stabbed him with a knife on the right side of the chest.
He was immediately rushed to hospital and the matter was reported to the police leading to Mubaiwa’s arrest. Lloyd Mavhiza prosecuted.
In an another case, a 54-year-old man from Zvishavane has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping his seven-year-old niece. Two years were, however, suspended from his sentence by Gweru regional magistrate Phathekile Msipa on condition he does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.
The man raped his Grade Three niece four times in 2017.
The court heard that in 2017, the minor was living at her grandmother’s homestead. Each time she passed through her uncle’s homestead from school, he would ask her to return after taking off her uniform. When she came back the accused’s wife and son would go away on errands leaving the minor alone with her uncle, who would then rape her. On one occasion the girl went to the uncle’s house and her brother was later sent to look for her. When her brother got to the uncle’s house, he peeped through the window and saw her being raped by the uncle. Talent Tadenyika prosecuted in the case.