Fugitive 'killer' herdboy in court

Fugitive 'killer' herdboy in court
Published: 14 September 2018 (109 Views)
A PLUMTREE herd boy, who allegedly fatally stabbed his neighbour with a knife 15 years ago for kicking his dog before he fled to South Africa, appeared in court yesterday.

Petros Pamani Ndebele (36) of Madlambuzi area committed the offence in 2003 and fled to South Africa before he was arrested last December.

Ndebele appeared before Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Thompson Mabhikwa facing a murder charge in connection with the death of Agrippa Tshabangu (14) in April 2003. The accused stabbed Agrippa for allegedly kicking his dog while they were herding cattle.

Prosecuting, Mrs Sifiso Ndlovu-Sibanda said on April 27 in 2003 at about 3PM, the accused person and the deceased were at Ndani Dam in Makumbi area herding cattle in the company of Brighton Tshuma, Faro Tshabangu and Vusa Sibanda.

The court heard that Ndebele confronted Agrippa and started accusing him of kicking his dog resulting in a dispute between the two.

"Ndebele pulled out a knife and stabbed the deceased once on the stomach using a home-made knife and he collapsed," said Ms Ndlovu-Sibanda. Soon after committing the offence, Ndebele fled the scene.

The deceased was ferried to Ntoli Clinic. He died while being transferred to Plumtree District Hospital. According to postmortem results the cause the death was stab wound, assault and peritonitis.

Ndebele, who had been hiding in South Africa since 2003, was arrested in December last year after police received a tip off that he had returned home.

In his defence, Ndebele through his lawyer Mr Thomas Gamure of Mudenda Attorneys argued that he acted out of provocation. He argued that he had a fight with the deceased who had allegedly ganged up with his friends to attack him on that particular day.

Ndebele said he pulled out a knife and stabbed the deceased who was armed with an axe.

"I did not want to kill the deceased, but I just wanted to inflict injuries to scare him away since I was under attack and being overpowered," he said.

In his warned and cautioned statement, Ndebele admitted that he fatally stabbed the deceased: "I admit to the murder allegations levelled against me. I stabbed the deceased once on the stomach following a dispute during which I was also trying to ask for forgiveness since I had reported him to one Limukani for attacking his dog."

He said the deceased ganged up with his friends and attacked him. Ndebele also alleged that Agrippa and his friends had a tendency of bullying him. The trial continues today.

- chronicle

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

BREAKING: Harare - Johannesburg Intercape bus in accident, 10 people dead

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 64 Views

Stop unnecessary traveling to cholera affected areas - MIHR

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 29 Views

We need Mthwakazi restoration soon

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 30 Views

Rural development agenda should be on the priority list

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 32 Views

IMF offers to help Zimbabwe clear arrears

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 107 Views

Mugabe's party rejoins Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 125 Views

Streak seeks ZC liquidation

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 60 Views

'Chamisa must not waste time fighting Mnangagwa'

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 103 Views

Chipanga appeal thrown out

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 73 Views

New minister cracks the whip

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 77 Views

Deal decisively with Parly delinquents

by Zvamaida Murwira | 21 September 2018 | 53 Views

Mthuli Ncube faces tough choices

by Lovemore Chikova | 21 September 2018 | 63 Views

Currency reform answer to Zimbabwe's economic woes

by Bongani Ngwenya | 21 September 2018 | 52 Views

Dabengwa ditches Chamisa, endorses Mnangagwa?

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 64 Views

Sibusiso Moyo alive & well

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 46 Views

'Mugabe University not a priority'

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 40 Views

Chamisa battles open rebellion

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 56 Views

Prophet up for pregnant woman rape

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 43 Views

Bulawayo pins hopes on devolution

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 33 Views

Nust shut down

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 57 Views

Zimbabweans want US or Zim dollar only, not SA Rand

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 60 Views

Chamisa's MDC Alliance starts merging into single party

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 41 Views

Vic Falls man hangs self after bar brawl

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 35 Views

Cholera hits Beitbridge

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 30 Views

Cop up for assault

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 25 Views

Gumbura hires Madhuku to challenge delayed trial

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 23 Views

Devolution will develop provinces with natural resources

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 18 Views

Family evicted, dumped in the bush

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 21 Views

Soul Brothers coming to Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 36 Views

Zimbabwean scientist wins Cambridge scholarship

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 24 Views

MDC Alliance activist jailed over arson threats

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 18 Views

Chamisa to pile pressure on Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 29 Views

Mnangagwa commits 1% of GDP to research

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 19 Views

Muchinguri says she is not a figurehead, she has the power

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 44 Views

Mthuli Ncube's '0% political skills' certainly working

by Conway Tutani | 21 September 2018 | 48 Views

Exchange rate of US Dollar passes 100%

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 36 Views

UZ sues Catholic University

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 41 Views