Fight Over Cigarette Ends In Tragedy As Teenager Kills Man Over A Cigarette Stub
In a sad development, a fight over a cigarette stub ended in tragedy after a 26-year-old Kwekwe man succumbed to injuries he sustained fighting a 16-year-old boy.
Rueben Mukwaturi died following a fight with the teenager over a cigarette butt which the latter had thrown onto the ground.
Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko confirmed the incident which occurred in Mbizo suburb in Kwekwe on Sunday around 4 PM.
According to the police report, Mukwaturi met the suspect who was smoking a cigarette. The suspect (name not supplied to protect his identity) allegedly dropped the stub of the cigarette on the ground.
A misunderstanding ensued between the two after Mukwaturi reprimanded and ordered the juvenile to pick up his cigarette stub from the ground.
Mukwaturi allegedly snatched a packet of snacks from the juvenile and in retaliation, the juvenile struck Mukwaturi with stones and ran away.
Mukwaturi pursued the juvenile and another fight ensued leading to Mukwaturi being overpowered by the suspect. Mukwaturi subsequently proceeded home where his condition deteriorated.
He was escorted to the police where he reported the matter. He was referred to Kwekwe General Hospital where he, unfortunately, died upon admission.
The juvenile was arrested and awaits the due justice process.
Inspector Mahoko appealed to members of the public to shun violence in all its forms and to resolve their differences amicably.
Speaking to the state media following the tragic incident, Inspector Mahoko said;
“May society at household level, our community leaders –village heads, chiefs and church leaders help in spreading the message against violence. There is a serious concern over the rate at which lives are being lost through the crime of murder. Most of the murder cases are happening after minor differences which it is felt can be solved easily through dialogue.”
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