A 59-year-old man Richard Ngwenya from Nkayi, who last year beat his younger brother with a log causing his death, has been sentenced to 23 years in jail.

The two were fighting over cattle left for them by their late parents.

The incident took place on the 13th of October in 2016, at Ngwenya’s homestead when the deceased proceeded to the accused’s home to collect a beast.

Ngwenya, of Mbotshwa Village in Maphasaphasa area cornered his now deceased brother Sithandwa Ngwenya (49) in a cattle pen and used a piece of log to assault him, fracturing his arm, ribs and knee while also causing multiple injuries on the head.
Villagers rushed Sithandwa to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo, where he died four days later.

The fight broke out when the late Sithandwa, who had sold the cattle he inherited from his late parents, attempted to sell those belonging to his late sisters.

Ngwenya, who was represented by Mr Elvis Mashindi of Mashindi and partners, was found guilty of murder with constructive intent.

Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Maxwell Takuva, who is on circuit in Hwange, out-rightly dismissed Ngwenya’s defence of provocation, self-defence and defence of property saying there was lack of merit in it.

He said Ngwenya had shown intention to kill his brother in that he abandoned him in the cattle pen after the assault despite that fact that he was wreathing in pain until a 13-year-old boy who testified in court rushed to seek help from neighbours.

Sithandwa was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital where he died on December 17 last year.