Man beaten with knobkerrie, left for dead by neighbour after argument over stray cattle


A 62-year-old man from Ngxingweni village in Mbembesi, Matabeleland North province was allegedly beaten with a knobkerrie by his neighbour after his cattle strayed into his neighbour’s maize field.

Mthetho Mpengesi found William Khuboni’s cattle in his maize field, which angered him. He drove the cattle back to Khuboni’s homestead where he confronted him. An argument broke out between the two men.

During the argument, Mpengesi grabbed Khuboni’s hand and started hitting him all over his body with a knobkerrie. Khuboni began bleeding profusely and fell to the ground, passing out. Mpengesi continued beating him until he was restrained by a neighbour.

Khuboni was taken to the hospital by his neighbor and grandchildren. Mpengesi was later arrested and charged with attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded out of custody pending trial.

Mpengesi appeared before Bulawayo regional magistrate Dambudzo Malunga who remanded him out of custody awaiting trial. Prosecutor Constance Tatenda Mathaba represented the state.

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