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Showoff gold panner killed with machete by jealous imbiber

A GOLD panner who went on drinking spree flashing his money at a Gutu business centre had his life cut short when he was struck with a machete by a jealous imbiber, a local court heard recently.

Titus Masaire, 39, was not asked to plead to murder charges when he appeared before a Gutu Magistrate Edwin Marecha facing murder charges.

He was remanded in custody to 6 April and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.

Prosecutors said on 19 March this year, the now deceased Tafadzwa Mutekedza was at Tacoz pub at Zoma business centre, Gutu, drinking beer after selling some gold he had found In Mashava.

The court heard Masaire became annoyed by the way Mutekedza was spending his money and approached him over the matter after which a heated argument arose between the two men.

Court was told that a fist fight ensured resulting in Masaire striking Mutekedza once on the head with a machete which caused his death the following morning.

Masaire was seen committing the crime by Virimai Ruzimos who has hearing difficulties, and he lead police details to arrest Masaire when investigations into Mutekedza’s death where being carried out.

Agatha Gabriel prosecuted.

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