A Lupane man appeared before Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese who is on circuit in Hwange facing murder charges after he allegedly beat his friend to death following an argument on who was older between the two.
It is alleged that Levison Luphahla (32) of Geleza village was angered by Khumbulani Tshuma (30)’s insistence that he was older prompting the former to viciously attack Tshuma with a log killing him on the spot.
Luphahla pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to a lesser charge of culpable homicide and Justice Martin Makonese sentenced him to four years in prison.
Justice Makonese said while Luphahla was intoxicated when he committed the crime, he had used excessive force causing the death of Tshuma.
Luphahla, who was represented by Ms. Linda Mthombeni of Dube, Nkala and Company, will however serve an effective three years after one year was suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.
The court heard that the two had been drinking homemade beer at Mrs. Mainah Ncube’s homestead where villagers had been gathered to help harvest sorghum.
Other villagers left for their homesteads at sunset and left the duo drinking after which a misunderstanding arose around 8:30pm.
Tshuma picked two wooden stools and threw them at Luphahla one after the other hitting him on the face before he fled from the scene.
Luphahla gave chase and caught up with his friend from neighbouring Mangevula village, in Jotsholo under Chief Mabhikwa who he hit several times with a log causing his death in a nearby maize field.
Tshuma was found dead the following morning.
Mrs. Ncube informed the village head about the matter and a report was made to the police leading to Luphahla’s arrest.