Stopping couple's fight ends tragically

HARARE - A Harare man is languishing in remand prison after allegedly stabbing a fellow tenant who had tried to intervene in a domestic dispute.

Zivanai Hakata, 32, allegedly stabbed Simbi Simbi, 35, three times on August 1 this year at their home in Harare’s Budiriro suburb in fury at being remonstrated from beating his wife.

Hakata, who appeared before magistrate Anita Tshuma yesterday, is now locked at Harare Remand Prison facing attempted murder charges.

The court heard that Simbi arrived home from nearby shops to find Hakata and his wife fighting. He stopped the fight, but was soon to pay the price.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira told the court that Hakata pretended as if the fight was over and Simbi walked to his room.

As Simbi was on his way, Hakata followed and stabbed him three times on the left side of the chest before fleeing into Lawrence Stanley’s room.

Simbi slumped to the floor and became unconscious.
Simbi was taken to Parirenyatwa Hospital for treatment and a police report was made leading to the arrest of Hakata.

Magistrate Tshuma remanded Hakata in custody to September 24 for trial.

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