The six, Obey Munyanyiwa (19), Jonathan Murandu (18), William Tozivei (19), Munyaradzi Madenyika (18), Rodrick Masvanganyi (19) and another , all doing Form Six appeared before Zaka Resident Magistrate Constance Mutandwa.
Terrence Mataruse (16) who is a Form Four pupil was severely assaulted last Wednesday evening before fleeing early Thursday morning to his rural home in Muserenyeki B under Chief Bota in Zaka where he reported the issue to his sister.
Mataruse who was accused by the other boys of stealing their friend's $40 died on Friday morning in his sleep while he was still at home. It is alleged Mataruse surrendered $20 of his pocket money to compensate the assailants and promised to give them another $20 the next morning. When he realised that he could not raise the money, he then sneaked out of school and ran home.
Mataruse is said to have denied ever stealing the money but the six assaulted him with fists and booted feet. He sustained internal injuries and his ear was bleeding. The school head boy is said to have tried but without success to restrain the aggressors from beating up the boy.
The six were not asked to plead and Magistrate Mutandwa remanded them out of custody on $50 bail each and ordered them to reside at their given addresses and to appear in court on August 4, 2014 for routine remand. mirror