No freedom for Byo killer tout

BULAWAYO - A 20-year-old Bulawayo tout, who is in custody for  fatally stabbing  a fellow tout, Simon Nyathi, with a pair of scissors during a fight over less than a dollar payment for loading passengers onto a commuter omnibus may be sentenced on February 13.

Chemist Sakala was yesterday hauled before magistrate Gladmore Mushove where he was again denied bail after pleading not guilty to the offence.

Sakala denied that he attempted to flee when he was arrested in South Africa-registered vehicle at Stanmore, near Gwanda area en route to South Africa.

Prosecutor Malvin Nzombe told the court that on March 17, Sakala had an argument with the now deceased over R8 which turned into a fist fight and the two were restrained by other touts.

After about10 minutes, Sakala retrieved a pair of scissors from a commuter omnibus he was loading and stabbed the late Nyathi once on the left side of the chest.

Nyathi collapsed and died on the spot while Sakala got onto an omnibus which was parked nearby and sped from the scene.

His victim’s body was taken to United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) for post mortem and results showed that he died from heart-stabbing and haemorrhagic shock.

Police hunted down Sakala and arrested him the following day in the Gwanda area while attempting to escape.

The accused was denied bail on the grounds that he might abscond as he faces a lengthy custodial sentence and also because he was caught trying to escape a day after committing the offence.

It was further stated that if released on bail, Sakala was likely to interfere with witnesses as the majority of them are touts who are close to him.

The State also felt the seriousness of the offence may cause him to abscond.

Comments (2)

Pfigirai mhondi idzo, kana mutemo ukamubata aine mhosva ngaapfigirwe. Aiyenda kupi mu South African bound transport iye achiziva kuti anenyaya yekubaya munhu iri kumapurisa. Thank you ZRP for hunting down and arresting this man within hours of committing the crime>

Obey Chiyangwa - 11 February 2014

mari yacho yavarikurwira !

Chimwala chome - 12 February 2014

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