High Court judge Justice Susan Mavhangira has sentenced a Mwenezi man to 12 months behind bars for fatally stabbing his cousin in a row over fishing nets.
Kufakunesu Thomas (25) of Thomas village under Chief Murove, was last Friday found guilty of murder after he fatally stabbed his cousin Douglas Chuma in 2010 after the deceased had accused the former of stealing his fishing net.
State counsel Tineyi Matenga told the court that on the fateful day, the deceased and his cousin went for a beer drink in a neighbouring village.
They passed through Thomas’ homestead on their way back to inquire on their stolen fishing net which they suspected he had.
They found Thomas away and his wife Agnes Machingauta accompanied them to his father Pote Thomas’ homestead.
As soon as they arrived, it was alleged that Thomas started shouting at Chuma and denying stealing his fishing nets.
Thomas allegedly started assaulting Chuma with fists on the head before producing a knife and stabbing him once on the left side of the stomach.
After realising that Chuma had been badly injured, Thomas ran away.
Chuma was taken to his homestead by Thomas’ brother, Trust, who also accompanied him to make a police report at Sarahuru Police Base before taking him to Neshuro General Hospital.
Chuma was transferred to the United Bulawayo Hospitals where he later died.
Joseph Maweni represented Thomas.