Victoria Falls men appear in court for assaulting beer patron

By Judith Sibanda

Two Victoria Falls men have been arraigned before resident magistrates’ court Wednesday facing charges of assaulting with bricks on the head, a 19-year-old beer patron after spilling beer on them.

Doubt Masuku (29) and Passmore Ncube (23) both from BH 18 under chief Mvuthu appeared before Victoria Falls magistrate, Rangarirai Gakanje, charged with assault.

They both pleaded guilty.

It was the state’ case presented by Onias Nyathi that on December 26, last year, at around 4am Zibusiso Kashiri of Chinotimba suburb was leaving Highway Bar in Lupinyu and upon exit, he hit a cup of beer carried by an unknown patron and it split to the two accused.

A misunderstanding arose between the duo and the other co-accused Innocent Muzamba and Innocent Mathe still at large, who ganged up against the complainant.

The four started to beat the complainant multiple times with clenched fists and open hands accusing him of being disrespectful.

As the attack continued Masuku and Ncube went outside and picked several bricks then struck Kashiri on his head and forehead several times until he lost consciousness.

Upon realising that he was no longer responsive, they fled the scene until they were arrested few days later.

Kashiri was taken to Victoria Falls Hospital where he has been admitted and still receiving medical treatment.

Asked by the magistrate why they committed the offence, Masuku responded: “We were under the influence of alcohol as we had started drinking on Christmas day without taking a break. It was not our aim to kill him or cause this injury, so we would like to ask the courts to give us a lenient sentence.”

Gakanje remanded them further in custody for sentencing Thursday.

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