A ten-year-old Rusape primary school pupil allegedly fatally assaulted his nine-year-old schoolmate over wild fruits last Thursday evening.
According to ZimPapers, the pupils were on their way home from St Luke’s Primary School in Makoni Central, Zimbabwe in the company of other schoolmates, when they fought over wild fruits.
The 10-year-old was not arrested because of his age, which under the law, is incapable of committing an offence and is currently in the custody of his parents at home.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa, confirmed the incident, saying the 10-year-old pupil assaulted the nine-year-old when he ate some wild from the former’s branch.
“On September 14 around 5pm, the late Denis Semu was coming from St Luke’s Primary School with the 10-year-old pupil in the company of three other pupils. They began picking some fruits from Muparatsenza tree. While picking the fruits, the 10-year-old pupil picked a branch of Muparatsenza tree. Denis picked fruits from the 10-year-old’s branch without his consent.
“As a result a fight ensued. The 10-year-old pupil attacked Denis with fists. He also kicked him, resulting in Denis falling down and he lost consciousness.
“Vivian Marumbwa (54), a teacher at the school heard the noise and went to investigate. She saw Denis lying down unconscious. She attempted to apply first aid assistance, but Denis did not gain consciousness,” said Insp Kakohwa. “Denis was rushed to Rusape General Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.”
The 10-year-old pupil is in the custody of his parents at home and assisting police with investigations.
“We also encourage parents, guardians and teachers to educate juveniles on the need to resolve disputes in a non-violent manner.”
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