Murder trial opens seven years later

HARARE - The trial of seven Hurungwe men accused of killing a suspected cattle rustler has opened at the High Court, seven years after the incident allegedly took place.

Temba Kasenga, Last Maponga, Masamba Kasenga, Verengai Mutanga, Lazarus Chaparira, Oden Nziradzemhuka and Standani Mangokwani are facing murder charges after they allegedly killed Givemore Murengwa in February 2006.

They all denied the charges when the trial opened on Monday before High Court judge Felistas Chatukuta.
 They told the court that although they were present when the incident took place, they did not participate in assaulting Murengwa.

The court heard how a beast belonging to Getrude Gono of Ziome Village in Hurungwe went missing seven years ago.

According to court papers, Gono made a police report.

In the report, she implicated Tinashe Mupepeti and Givemore and Bradwell Murengwa as prime suspects.

Following the accusations, the court heard the seven men apprehended Givemore and took turns to assault him until he bled from the nose and mouth.

They allegedly took Givemore to the police station, but Mangokwani continued assaulting him with a stick along the way.

Upon arrival at the police station, the court heard, Murengwa was assaulted by Emmanuel Manyukwa who is still at large, using a baton stick.

Murengwa died soon after his release from police cells. A post mortem revealed the death was due to multiple bruises and head injuries. - Tendai Kamhungira

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