Pakistani jailed for attempted murder

HARARE - A 24-year-old Pakistani will spend the next six years in a Zimbabwean prison for attempting to murder his business partner.

Harare magistrate Hosea Mujaya jailed Arsalani Ahmed after he was convicted of the crime.

Mujaya considered that Ahmed was a first time offender who had premeditated the attempted murder in the most foul means.

During his plea of guilty, Ahmed said he attempted to kill Muhammed Ovais hoping that he would gain access to his wealth before fleeing.

He begged the court to pardon him because he had suffered enough during the two days he was in custody.

“I hit him with a gas cylinder before stabbing him thrice  in the abdomen,” he said. “I wanted his money and hoped that I would flee to Mozambique once I got hold of it.

“I did the biggest mistake of my life and I have suffered a lot. I promise that I will return to my country once this matter is finalised.”

Prosecutor Michael Reza proved that on July 21, Ovais and Ahmed had a misunderstanding over stocktaking.

It is the State’s case that around 7pm, Ahmed went to the sitting room where an unsuspecting Ovais sat watching television.

Ahmed then hit Ovais on the head with a 7kg gas cylinder before stabbing him thrice on the stomach with a butcher’s knife.

Ovais tried to fight back, while screaming for help. He was rescued by his gardener Marshal Manhando.

Ovais phoned his friend who ferried him to the hospital after making a police report at Milton Park Police Station.

Ahmed pretended to be injured. He was assisted by Nimesh Dullabh to go to the hospital.

He then jumped out of the moving vehicle along the way and ran away.

On August 14, police detectives received a tip-off, traced and arrested Ahmed at Immigration offices at Liquenda House in Harare, while attempting to sort out his papers, reportedly planning his escape.

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