Shurugwi Man Loses Leg In Fight Over Woman
A SHURUGWI based artisanal miner, Charles Chingwaya, has been sentenced to five years in prison for chopping the leg of a man he accused of cheating with his wife.
Chingwaya (22), popularly known as Bhamu Bhamu, appeared before Gweru Regional Magistrate Mrs Phathekile Msipa facing one count of attempted murder.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge, but was however convicted after a full trial and sentenced to five years in prison, with two years being suspended on condition of good behaviour.
Bhamu was initially jointly charged with his brother Philbert (29) and a fellow artisanal miner, Tafadzwa Rundora (31). Philbert and Rundora were then acquitted after the State failed to prove their part in the assault.
The court proved that Simon Vingirayi had his left leg amputated following a brutal attack by Bhamu Bhamu on May 20 last year at around 8PM and at Chief Ndanga bar, Adare Farm, Shurugwi.
After playing a pool game with one Timothy Changunduma, Vingirayi went outside the bar together with Changunduma to have a conversation. That is when Bhamu Bhamu, Philbert and Rundora arrived in a Toyota Noah vehicle, with Bhamu Bhamu driving.
Bhamu Bhamu, the court heard, remained in the vehicle while Philbert and Rundora disembarked. After the pair had disembarked, Bhamu Bhamu charged towards Vingirayi with a big axe. He accused Vingirayi of having an extra marital affair with his wife.
While threatening to kill Vingirayi, Bhamu Bhamu felled Vingirayi with a blow to the head using the axe handle and then went on to axed Vingirayi on the left knee three times.
Vingirayi, the court heard, lost consciousnes due to the shock and trauma and only regained consciousness at Gweru Provincial Hospital where doctors had to amputate the leg above the knee to save his life.
The matter was then reported to the police leading to the arrest of the two brothers and their friend.
Source : Chronicle