Sunday, 19 March 2017


A MAN from Nkayi, who punched his stepson twice on the cheek before crushing his head with a 12 volt battery after the boy cooked some eggs without his approval has been jailed for 35 years.

Gift Ngwenya (44), of Mhlabathi Village in Ngwalathi area, Gwelutshena was angry when his stepson, then aged eight in November last year, boiled and ate three eggs.
The boy’s mother, Ms Sithulisiwe Ndlovu, who had gone to herd cattle while Ngwenya enjoyed his drink at a local bar, arrived home and found her son already dead while he (Ngwenya) sat helplessly beside the body.

Ngwenya was found guilty of murder with actual intent when he appeared before Bulawayo judge Justice Maxwell Takuva on circuit in Hwange last week.

Ngwenya, who was represented pro deo by Mr Givemore Muvhiringi of Muvhiringi and Associates, had pleaded not guilty to murder, preferring to admit to a lesser charge of culpable homicide claiming that he was drunk and didn’t intend to kill the boy.
Ngwenya was served from the gallows by his drunkenness as the judge settled for 35 years without suspending anything.

Justice Takuva said if it was not for the fact that he was drunk, Ngwenya would have been hanged in line with Section 47 Subsection 3 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act as Amended by General Laws Amendments 3 of 2016, which states that killing a minor among other sections of society such as police, warrants death sentence. sunday news


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