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A 93-year-old Man Breaks Tenant's Arm Over Rent Arrears

A 93-year-old Man Breaks Tenant's Arm Over Rent Arrears

A 93-year-old man from Bulawayo’s Makokoba suburb who was found guilty of attempted murder after he used a knobkerrie to attack and break his tenant’s arm, escaped jail by a whisker after the court exercised leniency due to his advanced age and sentenced him to just two minutes imprisonment.

Thomas Ndiweni who was angered by his tenant Mr Steven Nyathi (57)’s failure to pay rentals, hit him with a knobkerrie twice on the head and once on the left arm.

Ndiweni was convicted on his own plea by Tredgold magistrate, Mrs Jesse Kufa last week.

He, however, through his lawyer Mr Simbarashe Innocent Madzivire from Tanaka Law Chambers pleaded with the court to be lenient given that he was a first-time offender and that he was old.

Mr Madzivire said Ndiweni was of Nguni origin and did not carry the knobkerrie to beat Nyathi but it was part of his culture.

Mrs Kufa said throwing Ndiweni in jail was like sentencing him to death due to his advanced age. She said:

The accused pleaded guilty and looks an elderly person beyond the mark of 90 years. He is, however, facing a serious offence, which warrants a custodial sentence but given his advanced age the court submits that such a sentence will not meet the justice of the case.

One needs to pass a sentence that suits the accused and the offence he is facing.

Mrs Kufa said the accused was not just old but also frail.

She ruled that Ndiweni would serve his sentence from the moment she finished announcing the sentence and the time the court rises which is a sentence whereby the Judge/Magistrate deems that attendance at court is sufficient punishment.

Mr Nyathi who was as of Monday still nursing his injury said as a result of the beating, he could not fend for himself as he is a pushcart operator.

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24 Comments

Ma50 1 month ago

two minutes here dai iri 50 years


Ma50 1 month ago

two minutes here dai iri 50 years


Rasta 1 month ago

Mugabe ndiye akasiya aisa mutemo wekuti 82 & above haiende kujeri so mambo Ndiweni really knew the law, mofunga kuti ibharanzi here.


Rasta 1 month ago

Mugabe ndiye akasiya aisa mutemo wekuti 82 & above haiende kujeri so mambo Ndiweni really knew the law, mofunga kuti ibharanzi here.


Rasta 1 month ago

Mugabe ndiye akasiya aisa mutemo wekuti 82 & above haiende kujeri so mambo Ndiweni really knew the law, mofunga kuti ibharanzi here.


Rasta 1 month ago

Mugabe ndiye akasiya aisa mutemo wekuti 82 & above haiende kujeri so mambo Ndiweni really knew the law, mofunga kuti ibharanzi here.


Rasta 1 month ago

Mugabe ndiye akasiya aisa mutemo wekuti 82 & above haiende kujeri so mambo Ndiweni really knew the law, mofunga kuti ibharanzi here.


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Rasta 1 month ago

Mugabe ndiye akasiya aisa mutemo wekuti 82 & above haiende kujeri so mambo Ndiweni really knew the law, mofunga kuti ibharanzi here.


Rasta 1 month ago

Mugabe ndiye akasiya aisa mutemo wekuti 82 & above haiende kujeri so mambo Ndiweni really knew the law, mofunga kuti ibharanzi here.


Rasta 1 month ago

Mugabe ndiye akasiya aisa mutemo wekuti 82 & above haiende kujeri so mambo Ndiweni really knew the law, mofunga kuti ibharanzi here.


Chiurai 1 month ago

Kikikiki 93 years old. Thats why. Akarova munhu tsvimbo 2 mu musoro and nothing happped no damage no swelling


gar 1 month ago

yaa uyu mu tshaka zulu


Jojo Zvenyika Chenjera 1 month ago

Saka mdara uyu wechiNguni haana dambudziko naEmmerson here. Kungobvotomokawo hangu semu O-vet.


gireti90 1 month ago

iiiiii Bulawayo🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌rape murder robberies


Tobaiwa 1 month ago

Harare worse, inana Dr Vostro, Professor Nostro, Jenerari, Mutswangwa not to mention Chinoz ko kuzoti vana Mary hayikona

mkoma pessy 1 month ago

Bulawayo ine zvayo. rape robberies, Mai kurara nemwana wavo ane six years mudhara ane 90 years kirova mu loja netsvimbo yechi Nguni kkkkkk 😄😄😄

munhu wese anoita musindo paPindula dakumuzvambura netsvimbo yechiNGUNI iyo inopenya inogara pasi pemubedha ine musoro wenyoka


Never 1 month ago

The old man must have been severely stressed. Things are tough Kule. Thanking the court for understanding. You.


Zama 1 month ago

Haha people need to learn to control their anger. Imagine going to prison at 93? Or doing community service? This old man was lucky indeed, yibo ubunandi bokuba mdala yini lokhu?


Jinn 1 month ago

Kkk 2 minutes,this khulu is likely to cause more violence


mkoma pessy 1 month ago

very sorry for such misfortune scenario
welldone magistrete for such honour to my oldman
he was emotional to an extend of victimising the tenant
as old age they will survive from those rentals
thats the was they get the money for bills,food and medication

ikowo kuzvingoro kwacho akusikufayawo uko coz ukaona uchitadza rental t means zvakatoremawo kwavanoswera kwacho


Muku Jnr 1 month ago

2 minutes imprisonment 🙌🏼😂😂😂


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