Chisumbanje man stones friend to death over spilled beer


CHIPINGE – A man from Chisumbanje is facing murder charges after he assaulted and killed a friend following arguments over spilt beer.

The accused Elias Makone (31) from Deruke Village, Chief Garahwa in Chipinge stumbled into his friend’s mug of beer forcing it to spill onto the ground. The deceased Munorwei Chimbanje (28) then demanded that Makone replaces the beer and the latter refused.

The incident happened at Mparadze Business Center on December 23, 2020.

Chimbanje then allegedly assaulted Makone with clenched fists on the face and the accused picked up a stone and hit the deceased with it three times on the head causing a deep cut that resulted in profuse bleeding.

The deceased was taken to St Peters Hospital at Checheche where he died on admission. Dr Matekenya who performed the postmortem said death was caused by severe head injury.

Makone who appeared before Magistrate Elizabeth Hanzvi at Chipinge Magistrate Courts is pleading guilty and was remanded in custody to Tuesday this week.

Prosecutor Portia Matereke told the court that it all started like a joke as the friends were merry-making during the festival holidays.

Makone was denied bail on the grounds that he is a flight risk and could interfere with witnesses.

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