A Marondera court sentenced a 20-year-old man to 20 years in prison for the brutal beating murder of a 73-year-old man.
Anyway Pondo attacked and killed Langton Mandibvira after getting irritated by the way the elderly man spoke English. Along with another man, Keith Matanewa, Pondo was charged with Mandibvira’s murder following his death from injuries sustained in the assault.
During the trial, the court cleared Matanewa of involvement, finding he had tried to stop Pondo’s attack. However, evidence presented proved beyond reasonable doubt that Pondo had committed the murder in aggravating circumstances.
Medical evidence showed Mandibvira died from head trauma and brain damage consistent with being beaten by a blunt object. Witnesses described the brutal attack. Mandibvira succumbed to his injuries 13 days after the assault, having been transferred between two hospitals.
In sentencing Pondo to 20 years in prison, Justice Lucie-Anne Mungwari considered the savage and unprovoked nature of the attack on a defenseless elderly man. She described Pondo’s actions as “unmitigated savagery and barbarism.”
The brutal beating and senseless killing of 73-year-old Langton Mandibvira for apparently no reason other than speaking a language his 20-year-old assailant did not fully understand resulted in a two-decade prison sentence for Anyway Pondo this week.