Two men from Bulawayo have been arraigned before the courts for allegedly stoning a police officer to death during the violent protests that rocked the country on Monday last week.

Charles Thomas (54) of Njube and Bernard Sibanda (18) of New Lobengula appeared before Bulawayo magistrate, Mr Tinashe Tashaya  facing murder charges in connection with the death of Constable Alexio Maune.

The court heard that on January 14, Thomas and Sibanda were among a group of protestors who were unleashing violence, looting shops and barricading main roads with stones, when they spotted Maune while on duty in police uniform in Njube.

The accused are then said to have confronted the now-deceased and started attacking him, forcing Maune to seek refuge behind a house in Njube.

The state further alleges that Sibanda then picked up a stone and struck Maune on the head before Thomas and other protestors who are still at large apprehended him and further assaulted him.

Mr Mufaro Mageza prosecuted over the case while the two accused persons are being represented by Mr Dumisani Dube of Mathonsi Ncube Law Chambers.

Maune, who was based at Entumbane Police Station died the following day on admission at United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) while under intensive care unit.

He was buried on Saturday at his rural home in Matsikidze village under Chief Shumba in Masvingo.