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MPANDAWANA - A 27-year-old Gutu woman is in custody facing attempted murder charges after she stabbed a customer with a broken beer bottle over a US$0.50 (fifty cents) snooker token misunderstanding which happened at MDD beer hall in Mpandawana last week.
Portia Mutero (27), of Mafuva village under Chief Nerupiri in Gutu, pleaded guilty to the charge when she appeared before Gutu Resident Magistrate, Edwin Marecha on October 14. 2016.
She is being charged for attempted murder as defined in Section 189 as read with Section 65 of the Criminal Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23.
It is the State's case that on October 12, 2016 Portia stabbed Enock Magaya (34), of House Number 204 Munhende Street, Mpandawana, with a broken beer bottle once on the neck following the misunderstanding.
The court heard that Magaya bought a token from Mutero using a US$1 note and Mutero promised to give him the change later since she did not have it at that time.
She then refused to give him his change saying she had already given him resulting in exchange of harsh words.
It is alleged that Magaya slapped her but she fought back, taking a beer bottle which was nearby and breaking it before stabbing him with it on the neck.
The complainant lost a lot of blood and was immediately taken to Gutu Mission Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.
He suffered a severe wound as evidenced by the medical examination record.
"It was a mistake. I had a lot in my mind and I thought I had given him his change. I jokingly told him I was not stupid and he got angry and slapped me. I also got and angry and decided to scare him with a bottle since I was the losing the bare hands fight.
"I did not intent to stab him. I only wanted to scare him but then he was hurt. I am sorry your worship," pleaded Portia.
Marecha remanded the accused in custody to October 29, 2016 for continuation of trial.
Millicent Azangwe

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