Man burns in-laws homestead

Nhlalwenhle Ncube
A Gokwe man who believes in the power of words landed himself in trouble when he set alight his in-lawa��s homestead following his father-in-lawa��s declaration that he was not going to attend his sona��s funeral when he dies.
Khulumani Sibanda (22) was troubled by his father-in-law, Zebron Mutungadzaa��s declarations of not attending his six-year-old sona��s funeral.

During the quarrel, Mutungadza declared that Sibandaa��s son was going to die and he was not going to attend the funeral.

The unkind words haunted Sibanda forcing him to wake up during the dead of the night. He proceeded to his in-lawsa�� homestead and set a kitchen hut ablaze.

Unfortunately Sibandaa��s footprints sold him out and he was arrested.
Sibanda was hauled before Gokwe resident magistrate, Mr Shepherd Mjanja, facing malicious damage to property charges.

He pleaded guilty and tried to justify his behaviour by saying that his father-in-law had provoked him by mentioning that his son was going to die.

He reportedly failed to take the sentiments lightly resulting in him planning the heinous act.
Prosecutor Tinei Tirigo told the court that on 27 July at around 11pm, the accused proceeded to the complainanta��s homestead and took burning firewood to set ablaze a kitchen hut.

He ran away without being noticed leaving the hut on fire.
The family members realised that the kitchen hut was on fire and rushed to put it out. They were successful in extinguishing it, but they had already lost property valued at $67.

On the following day, footprints led them to their son-in-lawa��s homestead and the matter was reported to the police.

The magistrate slapped Sibanda with three years imprisonment of which six months were suspended on condition of five years good behaviour, one month was suspended on condition he restitutes the complainant a sum of $67.