A taxi driver allegedly stoned his passenger to death following a brawl as they drove from the city centre towards Pumula East, in Zimbabwe on December 19.
Naison Sibanda (31) of Pumula South was not asked to plead to the murder of Martin Dawirai when he briefly appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Themba Chimiso on Thursday. He was remanded in custody to January 11 and was advised to apply to the High Court for bail.
State counsel Tatenda Dakwa told the court that on December 19, Dawirai hired Sibanda's taxi and indicated that he wanted to be driven home in Pumula East. On the way, the two allegedly had an argument over an undisclosed matter until they reached Dawirai's home. After alighting from the vehicle, Dawirai allegedly went to the driver's side and allegedly assaulted Sibanda.
Sibanda managed to set himself free and came out of the vehicle. He exchanged blows with Dawirai who later fell into a storm drain. Sibanda allegedly went on to pick a stone and struck him Dawirai once on the head, inflicting serious head injuries on him.
After realising that he had seriously injured his passenger, Sibanda handed himself to the police. Dawirai was then taken to hospital where he died the following morning due to the injuries he sustained in the attack.
Sibanda was then arrested and charged with murder.