MWENEZI - A 60-year-old poacher recently left a Zimbabwe Bio Energy (ZBE) game scout fighting for his life in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Triangle Hospital after the elderly man stabbed the ranger on the head, the Mwenezi Court heard last week.
Hlengani Kalaluma, of Guma village under Chief Sengwe in Chikombedzi, was not formally charged of attempted murder when he appeared before Mwenezi magistrate, Honest Musiiwa who remanded him in custody pending trial.
The State's case is that on May 29, 2018 while Kalaluma was poaching at ZBE game ranch, he was approached by Simon Mutero (34) who is employed by the ranch as a game scout.
This did not go well with Kalaluma who immediately produced a knife and stabbed Mutero several times all over his head. Kalaluma later fled leaving Mutero unconscious.
The court further heard that the seriously injured Mutero was rushed to Triangle Hospital where he was admitted and by the time the accused appeared in court, Mutero was said to be still critically ill.
A manhunt was later launched and Kalaluma was positively identified by some eyewitnesses and this led to his arrest.
Angelinah Makonya prosecuted.crime