A Bulawayo tout, who struck and killed a bar lady with a brick, after missing the security guard he was fighting with was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Themba Ndlovhu (40), was found guilty of the murder with constructive intent of Belinda Mguni, after appearing before Bulwayo High Court judge Justice Maxwell Takuva.
In passing judgement, Justice Takuva said:
The accused person was not a credible witness. He tried to use the tribal card to trick this court into buying his story. In our view, this is totally untrue and we find him to be a crafty and cunning person whose evidence should be dismissed.
Accused person threw the brick in a crowded bar and missed his intended victim and there is no reasonable probability that his defence is true. He acted recklessly and we are convinced that the state managed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. Accused acted with requisite intent and we find him guilty of murder with constructive intent.
In aggravation, you were a nuisance on the night in question. You did not even exhibit any remorse after killing an innocent young woman, but instead you remained aggressive and forceful. You are a social misfit who should be removed from civilised people for a long time.
Murders committed during beer drinking sprees are prevalent. A precious and innocent life was lost when the deceased who had done nothing wrong was caught in cross fire. The court must register revulsion at such conduct and those who drink and commit such brutal murders deserve deterrent sentences