In-law axes soldier in a child dispute


A soldier was injured on Boxing Day after being struck three times with an axe by his brother-in-law for allegedly leaving his child at his in-laws’ house without formal communication.


This was heard when Lufu Mudenda (23) of Sinampande appeared before Binga resident magistrate Stephen Ndlovu on Monday facing a charge of assault.

Mudenda was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody to January 13 for trial after the complainant presented a medical report to the court.

The State’s case led by prosecutor Bruce Maphosa alleged that on December 26, Lufu Mudenda went to the soldier Mugabe Mudenda’s house at around 8pm in the company of his mother, father and brother.

It is the State’s case that Lufu was armed with an axe while his brother was armed with a spear.

On arrival, a dispute arose between Mugabe and the Mudendas, who accused the soldier of leaving his child at their homestead without official communication.

It is alleged that Mugabe armed himself with a log and ordered his in-laws to vacate his place.

The State alleged that Lufu charged towards Mugabe and struck him once on the shoulder, once on the head and once on the neck with an axe before fleeing from the scene leaving Mugabe writhing in pain.

Mugabe later made a report to the police, leading to Lufu’s arrest.


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