Friends in court for murder over music


GWERU — Three friends accused of murdering a Zvishavane villager over music last year, will appear before High Court judge Justice Lawrance Kamocha when the Gweru High Court circuit sits on September 16.

Blessed Mhlanga
Staff Reporter

The State alleges that on July 30 last year, while drinking tea at Maramba bottle store in Zvishavane, the accused persons, Golden Bako (22), Erisha Simango (23) and Amiri Phiri (18) had an argument with now-deceased Menford Moyo over the manner in which the music in the bar was being played.

Moyo wanted the barman to play music which was on a memory card in the manner it was arranged, while the three accused persons wanted the barman to randomly select the music.

“The third accused (Phiri) then asked the bar attendant to play the music randomly from the memory card, but the deceased wanted the music to be played according to its order on the card,” part of the State outline reads.

“An argument then ensued between the deceased and the second accused (Simango).”

Following the argument, the three are alleged to have teamed up and started assaulting Moyo, who then attempted to flee from the bottle store.

Moyo, however, failed to get far, as he was caught just outside the bottle store and the assaults continued until he fell to the ground.

The State further alleges that once on the ground, Bako then picked a stone and struck the deceased once on the head using force, killing Moyo on the spot.

The State will call three eyewitnesses and a Dr T Mavurayi, who performed an autopsy on the deceased, to take the witness stand when the trial opens.

A post mortem report produced by Mavurayi, showing that the stone delivered a fatal blow on Moyo, will also be presented as evidence before Justice Kamocha.

Caroline Mugabe will represent the accused persons.