Man To Do Community Service For Killing Neighbourhood Watch Member

Enock Chiveya (25) of Mphoengs was sentenced to community service for kicking, Kwanele Ncube (41), a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Committee to death in 2012. In passing sentence, Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese noted that Chiveya was a first-time offender who had shown remorse and had not fled the country, even though he has been out of custody since 2012.

The charge was reduced from murder to culpable homicide. Justice Makonese sentenced Chiveya to two years in jail, although one year was suspended on condition that Chiveya does not commit another similar crime within 5 years. The remaining one year was suspended on condition that Chiveya performs 420 hours of community service. Said Justice Makonese in passing sentence:

In assessing an appropriate sentence, the court takes into the account the fact that the accused person spent eight months in custody before he was granted bail. He is a first offender who showed remorse.

Accused person, however, decided to attend court and in that manner, he assisted in the administration of justice. Accordingly, he deserves a non-custodial sentence in the circumstances.

More: Chronicle


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