Kombi driver jailed for attempted murder

HARARE - A Chinamora kombi driver was on Wednesday jailed seven years for stabbing another motorist following an accident.

Cephas Gombe, 42, of Mutake Village Chief Chinamhora, was convicted of attempted murder by Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya.

He was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment before three were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

The complainant was Kudakwashe Mabhutsu, 37.

The court heard that on August 6, this year, Mabhutsu was coming from a wedding at Makumbe Mission and was driving a Nissan NP300 behind two commuter omnibuses, one of which was being driven by Gombe.

As they approached the 38km peg along the Harare/Makumbe highway, the two commuter omnibuses increased speed as they competed to pick up a passenger standing by the road side.

Gombe managed to stop first and pick the passenger as Mabhutsu tried to overtake him from the right side.

However, after picking the passenger, Gombe did not check other vehicles that were moving in that lane and started moving his car back into the road.

Mabhutsu then hit Gombe’s kombi from behind and they both stopped.

When Mabhutsu came out of his car to assess the extent of the damage sustained, Gombe began shouting at him.

Mabhutsu tried explaining to Gombe that he was the one responsible for the accident but the infuriated kombi driver took out a knife from his pockets and advanced towards the victim.

Gombe stabbed Mabhutsu thrice on the chest and he bled before collapsing.

After realising that he had injured Mabhutsu, Gombe tried to escape but was apprehended by members of the public and taken to the police.

Mabhutsu was ferried to Makumbe Mission Hospital and was referred to Parirenyatwa Hospital for treatment.

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