$10 taxi fare row ends in tragedy

HARARE - An alcohol-fuelled fight between two brothers-in-law turned fatal after one of the men was struck with a golf club and died.

Taurai Dzingai, 35, was left to bleed to death by Shingirai Muneka, 26, when they had a misunderstanding over who was to pay a $10 taxi fare.

Allegations are that on May 24 this year, Muneka and the now deceased Dzingai went to Eastlea Shopping Centre and bought a bottle of bootleg spirit.

After they shared the bottle the pair decided to go home and was accompanied by uncle Isaac Masukume who then hired a taxi since they were intoxicated.

On their way home Dzingai and Muneka had a misunderstanding over who was to pay the taxi fare to the extent that Dzingai clapped his brother-in-law.

In order to stop the fight Masukume then opted to pay the taxi fare.

It is the State’s case that when the trio arrived at Dzingai’s house, the fight intensified with the two in-laws fighting each other with clenched fists.

The two men’s uncle tried to refrain them.

Muneka ended up striking Dzingai with a golf club on the forehead at which time he left the duo sitting on the bed while he went to the main house.

As soon as he left the room, the duo began fighting again and Muneka ended up striking Dzingai with a golf club on the forehead.

Dzingai is alleged to have collapsed face down while bleeding profusely from the wound.

When Muneka realised that he had injured his brother-in-law, he went out of the room and left Dzingai lying helpless on the floor in a pool of blood. - Helen Kadirire

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