Gay stabber acquitted

BULAWAYO - A 22-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a gay for proposing love to him has been acquitted by a Bulawayo court.

Bongani Phiri was appearing before regional magistrate Sikhumbuzo Nyathi facing attempted murder charges.

Phiri, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, indicated during his defence that he was constantly being nagged and harassed by the complainant Walter Kwanele Ndlovu over a relationship.

According to the complainant, Phiri, behaved like a gay and had submitted that the latter would sometimes caress him without his consent.

Before passing his verdict, magistrate Nyathi cited among other issues the contradiction and inconsistencies of evidence put forward by the State and that of the witnesses.

Since Phiri was being charged for attempted murder, Nyathi said he was not satisfied that he had an intention to kill when he committed the alleged crime.

With regard to the nature of the case, Nyathi also admitted that issues pertaining to homosexuality in Zimbabwe were controversial.

“In Zimbabwe, the issue of homosexuality is a controversial one to such extent that it has drawn into the fray, the highest office in the country. Some people are known to hold strong views on homosexuality,” he said.

As a result Nyathi, found Phiri not guilty.

According to the State papers, on October 26, last year at around 10pm outside a shebeen in Nguboyenja suburb, the two engaged in an argument after Phiri accused Ndlovu of being gay.

The altercation got nastier which led to Phiri drawing an okapi knife from his pocket before stabbing the complainant on the upper left part of the chest.

The complainant sustained a deep cut and had to be ferried to a hospital.

Comments (5)

I don't think this was the best verdict, taking the law into your own hands is Always wrong whether you exerting it on a thief, murderer or homosexual.

Dr Know - 26 March 2014

Dr Know dont protect homosexuals thats filthy, zvinonhuwa. This guy is not guilty otherwise the homosexual is the one who was supposed to spend time in prison.

Exiled - 26 March 2014


d - 26 March 2014

Even if it were true that the victim was gay and even if it were true that the victim had harassed or propositioned the accused, that is not an excuse for attempted murder. That does not qualify as self-defence. If every woman who was harassed or propositioned by a man could legitimately kill the man, there would be very few men left in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's reputation is tarnished when criminals can commit crimes with impunity.

FYoung - 26 March 2014

What an ABSURD and INSANE ruling. Are these Judges educated at all? This basically means that in ZIM you can kill anyone of the same sex you don't like. Just tell the Judge that he made a (gay) pass at you, and you'll get away with it.

Maria - 27 March 2014

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