The Herald (Harare)

28 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Teenager Kills for Opaque Beer

A 17 year old boy has been arrested on allegations of fatally assaulting a man in Marlborough on Sunday night following an altercation over two litres of opaque beer. The incident occurred at St Jerera compound farm when the two were on their way home from a beer drink where Nyau dancers were performing at the farm. Harare provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tadius Chibanda confirmed the incident.

"The victim and the suspect were drinking opaque beer which was being given for free were some Nyau dancers were performing and around midnight they decided to go to their homes," he said.

He said they carried an unknown number of two-litre containers of opaque beer, popularly known as 'scuds' and on their way drinking.

The two later decided to sit along the way and continued drinking until one scud was left.

They later had an altercation over who was going to take home the scud which was left with the suspect alleging that he had bought it.

"The suspect then took a log which he used to hit the victim with, several times on the head and he died on the spot. Some people had the noise and went to the scene," Insp Chibanda said.

He said they found the victim dead and apprehended the suspect before handing him over to the police. Insp Chibanda said the suspect was still in custody and investigations are still in progress.

In December last year, a 14 year old boy kicked and killed a 10 year old boy while they were playing in Epworth.

Munashe Museve died five days after the incident occurred on December 21 at around 4pm while they were playing at a place known as Komboni Yatsva in Epworth.

The boy was released in the custody of his parents and was likely to face murder charges.

Children continue to commit serious offences such as murder, rape and robbery, among others.

Last year, police arrested a 15 year old boy on allegations striking and killing a 20 year old man with a brick on the stomach and the head.

According to the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 923, there is a presumption that a child under the age of 14 years cannot commit any offence and cannot be tried before any court.

Those below 14 years lack the criminal capacity to commit a crime unless the contrary is proved. The law further states that any person above 14 years is criminally liable for his or her unlawful conduct.

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