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Man jailed 25 years for killed security guard

by Staff reporter
18 Jun 2020 at 07:44hrs | Views
A BULAWAYO man who ganged up with two accomplices and choked a security guard to death at a flea market in the city centre in 2013, was yesterday sentenced to 25 years in jail.

Ignatius Mehluli Mhlanga (26) of Old Pumula killed Mr Vengai Murisi (34) in the company of two other accused persons.

Mr Murisi was on duty manning Mutize and Sons Flea Market in the city centre when he was killed. Mhlanga killed Murisi with Timothy Mathema (30) and Isaac Nyakurerwa (35) who were sentenced to life in prison for the same murder in 2018.

The two implicated Mhlanga who had fled to South Africa.

They brutally attacked the security guard at his work place by tying his hands, legs and neck using a wire coat hanger before strangling him to death using a jacket draw-string.

Mhlanga was on the run for six years but came back to the country and was arrested and jailed for nine months for another robbery he committed. However, police continued to search for him for killing the security guard while he was in fact in prison serving time for the robbery charge.

He was arrested last year in October at Bulawayo Prison moments before being released from jail after serving nine months for the robbery. Mhlanga was convicted of murder with actual intent by Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Christopher Dube-Banda.

In passing the sentence, Justice Dube-Banda said Mhlanga committed a grave and serious offence warranting a lengthy prison term.

"The deceased was deprived of his right to life and the rule of law requires that such people who commit violent crimes should get harsh sentences. The murder was committed in aggravating circumstances as the deceased's head was tied with a wire, which was then tied to a steel table until he died and what a horrible way of ending one's life," he said.

The judge condemned Mhlanga's conduct, saying the courts have a duty to protect the sanctity of life.

Prosecuting, Mr Khumbulani Ndlovu said on February 10 in 2013 at about 7PM, Murisi reported for duty at Mutize and Sons Flea Market situated along Lobengula Street between 8th Avenue Extension and Leopold Takawira Avenue.

During the course of the night, Mhlanga in the company of Mathema and Nyakurerwa, arrived at the flea market and found the deceased asleep.

"They assaulted Murisi on the head with a plank and further strangled him using a jacket string until he died. His body was discovered the following morning by his colleague, the late Mr George Gwachari who called the police. The three men stole clothing items and fled from the scene," said Mr Ndlovu.

Mathema and Nyakurerwa were later arrested and it was discovered that they had sold some of the clothing items to people who live as far as Plumtree. Police also recovered the deceased's phone during indications.

A post mortem report showed that Murisi had died due to strangulation, asphyxia and homicide.

In his defence through his lawyer, Mr Lament Ngwenya of Mathonsi Ncube Law Chamber, Mhlanga said he acted in self-defence to avert an attack from the deceased who was trying to apprehend him after they had strayed into the flea market.

Source - chronicle