Drunken dad, sons, mum fight as the dog licks plates

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HWANGE: A magistrate here heard how a drunken man, wife and two sons, fought over a dog that licked some plates while they were in the field harvesting.
Court heard that in the process one of the sons almost chopped off his mother’s head with an axe.
The incident happened in Gamba Village under Chief Nekatambe on May 28 as the family were harvesting crops while drinking traditional beer.
This was after a dog licked some plates and one of the sons kicked it, thereby angering his father.
Irvine Shoko, 27, was charged with attempted murder when he appeared before magistrate Collet Ncube on Tuesday.
He pleaded not guilty claiming that his mother, Otilia Shoko, was caught in the cross fire as he tried to restrain his brother Trust and father Nikson Shoko from fighting.
Trust and father had a misunderstanding after the former (Trust) kicked the dog.
“I was not the aggressor. We had been drinking traditional beer when a misunderstanding
ensued between my father and Trust over why he kicked the dog. The two started fighting and I tried to intervene but my father assaulted me,” said Irvine.
He told the court that he then picked an axe that was on the ground under a tree with the intention of scaring the two so they stop fighting.
“My intention was to stop my brother and father from fighting. As I carried the axe, my father started pelting stones and that’s when I took to my heels but unfortunately bumped onto my mother who was then struck as she also tried to restrain the two.”
Through his lawyer from Ndove, Museta and Partners, Irvine said he had “no intention to murder the complainant” and “I was intoxicated to be able to appreciate what I was doing.”
Shoko, who had been preparing lunch in a makeshift shed in the field when she decided to restrain her family from fighting, sustained a deep cut on the left side of the neck.
She collapsed and was rushed to Hwange Colliery Hospital where she was admitted.
She, however, is seeking to withdraw the charges against her son saying he did not intend to kill her.
Trial continues. Tomupei Mbiza appeared for the State.