Police in Bulawayo have launched a manhunt for a man who allegedly stabbed his neighbour to death for chasing him away from a beer party that he had gate-crashed.
Richard Mpofu (20) of Pumula North allegedly plunged a knife into Dennis Nobert Ncube (22)’s neck in a fit of anger after accusing him of being stingy with beer that was not his.
The incident occurred on Friday at about 11PM in the same suburb.
Ncube allegedly staggered for about 45 metres while clutching his neck before collapsing and dying on the spot.
Mpofu allegedly fled and is still on the run.
Residents said the “beer-fest” was hosted by Ncube’s friend aged 25 who lives alone in a house in the same neighbourhood.
Bulawayo deputy police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube yesterday confirmed Ncube’s death.
“We are investigating a murder case where a 20-year-old man stabbed to death his 22 year-old neighbour. We are informed that the deceased was invited to a party by his friend who is aged 25. While those guys were still drinking beer an uninvited male adult tried to invade the party leading to an altercation with the deceased. The party intruder then stabbed the deceased with a knife,” said Insp Ncube.
He said Ncube’s friends called an ambulance and the crew pronounced him dead.
Police were called to the scene to collect the body and investigate the killing.
Insp Ncube said following the fatal stabbing, Mpofu escaped and is still at large.
“We therefore appeal to members of the public who might have information on his whereabouts to come forward. If anyone has information that may lead to his arrest, they can report to any police station that is nearer to them,” said Insp Ncube.
Alternatively, he said, those with information could use police suggestion boxes or call the Bulawayo police 24 hour hotline number (029) 889597, landline toll free 999 or NetOne toll free number 110.
Insp Ncube said police were worried about the continued use of weapons in “solving” trivial disputes.
He discouraged members of the public from carrying dangerous weapons saying it makes it easier for the weapons to be used in conflicts.
“We don’t expect such a thing. People should think twice and safeguard human life. Individuals should be more reasonable instead of killing someone over beer. Carrying dangerous weapons also gives aggressors opportunities to use them even where it’s not necessary,” said Insp Ncube.
The Chronicle visited Ncube’s family who were hostile to the news crew and declined to comment.