TWO Bulawayo appeared in court last Tuesday charged with murder after they allegedly stabbed an elderly man to death for spilling a glass of beer.
Desire Ncube, 21, and Blessed Ngwenya, 20, denied murdering Elton Moyo, 48, from Trenance on November 24, 2012 on their way home from Manor Hotel where they had been drinking beer.
Ncube admitted stabbing Moyo but told Justice Andrew Mutema he acted in self-defence.
Moyo was in the company of a friend who fled the murder scene at the corner of Lobengula Street and 6th Avenue and has not been located.
Prosecutors say Ncube and Moyo picked a fight while at the hotel, popular with commercial sex workers, after Moyo spilled his beer.
Moyo, along with his friend, later left the pub to go home but Ncube and Ngwenya pursued them leading to another round of altercation.
While the two deny the charges, a witness who was guarding at a shop near the murder scene said Ngwenya held Moyo by his waist belt as Ncube stabbed him.
The witness told the court that the pair demanded money from Moyo before Ncube stabbed him
In their defence, the pair said Moyo and his colleague were the aggressors as they restarted the altercation on the way to the kombis.
After the stabbing, the two assailants fled and boarded a kombi after noticing that they had been spotted but were arrested a day later.
The trial continues.