Railway Ave murder: Family bays for revenge

BULAWAYO - A Bulawayo man facing murder charges has been remanded in custody to January 17 after the deceased’s relatives threatened to take matters into their own hands and revenge the death of their kin.

Magistrate Gladmore Mushove denied Zibusiso Mpofu, 23, bail on the grounds that he should be kept in protective custody for his own safety until the trial date.

He is charged under the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act (Section 47).

Timothy Mativenga, the investigating officer stationed at ZRP Tshabalala, also opposed the bail
application arguing that Mpofu had supplied a false residential address, raising the chances of him
absconding.

In a police statement submitted to the court, Mativenga said the accused claimed to be living in Cowdray Park but when he went there he discovered that Mpofu does not live there.

The State discovered that accused was of no fixed abode and that he might flee.

It is in the State’s case that on December 20, Mpofu was drinking with his friend Njabulo Dube when an argument erupted at Railway Avenue.

The two then engaged in a fist fight, during which Mpofu picked up a stone, fatally hit the deceased on the head just above the ear, before fleeing.

But Mpofu’s freedom was short-lived as two of his friends Dube and Wellington Sithole, who witnessed the incident helped the police by revealing his whereabouts.

A post-mortem showed that the deceased died as a result of head injuries inflicted by a blunt object.

Mpofu confessed to committing the offence but said the deceased assaulted him first.

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