A Harare man who was reportedly stabbed by former CAPS United skipper Method Mwanjali following a misunderstanding in a drunken brawl intends to withdraw charges against the player, the court heard yesterday
Mwanjali’s trial was supposed to have commenced yesterday before regional magistrate Mr Noel Mupeiwa.
However, prosecutor Mrs Tinashe Kanyemba-Makiya advised the court that the complainant, Tonderai Nhunzvi, wants to withdraw attempted murder charges against Mwanjali.
She then sought for a postponement of the matter to today for the State’s consideration. Mr Mupeiwa moved the matter to today. Mwanjali is being represented by Advocate Lewis Uriri instructed by Mr Tinofara Hove.
He is facing attempted murder charges and is on $100 bail.
His alleged accomplice and teammate Archford Gutu is also out on bail. Gutu is facing a charge of malicious damage to property and his trial was adjourned to June 27.
Allegations are that Mwanjali (33) stabbed Nhunzvi with a knife on Independence Day following an altercation in the parking lot at Long Cheng Plaza in Belvedere, Harare.
The State alleges that the two met at an intersection in the complex, where their vehicles almost collided, leading to a heated exchange of words and the stabbing.
Gutu, who was behind the wheel, allegedly got out of the vehicle and charged towards Nhunzvi, who had three passengers.
He accused Nhunzvi of reckless driving. The misunderstanding degenerated into a fistfight with Gutu smashing the windscreen of the vehicle which Nhunzvi was driving.
Mwanjali allegedly joined in the fracas and drew a knife and reportedly stabbed Nhunzvi in the stomach.
Nhunzvi’s friend Lionel Muchena tried to stop Mwanjali, but was also left injured