A NYAMANDLOVU man who accidentally struck his toddler to death with a hosepipe in the process of assaulting his wife during a domestic dispute was yesterday jailed for an effective four years in prison.
SENIOR COURT REPORTER
Prince Sibanda was convicted on his own plea of guilty to a lesser charge of culpable homicide by Bulawayo judge Justice Andrew Mutema sitting at the Hwange High Court Circuit yesterday.
He was sentenced to six years in jail, but two years were conditionally suspended for five years.
Prosecutor Namatirai Ngwasha told the court that on September 30 2013, Sibanda was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife Sikhangele Nyoni and he started assaulting her with a hosepipe.
He, however, accidentally hit his 15-month-old baby on the head.
The toddler’s condition deteriorated and the baby died before being ferried to Nyamandlovu Hospital.
Appearing before the same judge was a Binga man who struck another man on his manhood in a dispute at a football match resulting in him dying on the spot.
Enock Dube was convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years in jail.
Two were conditionally suspended for five years.
The court heard that on New Year’s Day, Dube was at a football match with Jameson Muchimba.
The two were involved in a dispute which degenerated into a fist fight.
Dube kicked Muchimba on his private parts and he died on the spot.