Urban groover's murder trial set for June

HARARE - The murder trial of urban grooves artist Taurai Mandebvu opens in the High Court in June.

Mandebvu, 27, his younger brother Sande Mandebvu, 21 and their father Golden Mandebvu, 60, have been indicted for trial on June 27.

They are out on bail.

The court heard that on June 9, 2012 the three family members saw a male adult in the company of two others breaking through their kitchen door.

The trio gathered around and cornered the now deceased man.

The deceased’s two co-accused managed to escape.

It is the State’s case that the Mandebvus assaulted him all over his body several times with hosepipes, electrical codes and golf clubs.

According to State papers, the now deceased alleged robber sustained a deep cut on the åhead and abdomen and started bleeding profusely.

Prosecutor Tungamirirai Chakurira told the court the Mandebvus left the man lying unconscious in their yard after which he died from the injuries he sustained from the beatings.

When the three family members went to Braeside Police Station to report that they had conducted a citizen arrest on the alleged robber, they returned together with the police only to find him dead on their lawn. - Helen Kadirire

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