Man stabs, kills home owner

KwaMhlanga - A 27-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a house owner to death during a fight over the use of his yard as a shortcut was arrested in Chris Hani Village near KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga police said.

The incident occurred at about 01:00 on Sunday, police spokesperson Sergeant Nonhlanhla Kgosana said.

She said the owner of the house was playing dice games with a group of other men in his yard when two men came in and tried to use his yard as a shortcut to a next door house.

A heated argument started between the house owner and one of the passers-by over why the two were using his yard as a shortcut.

During the confrontation the two men started fighting and the passer-by drew a knife and stabbed the yard owner once on the chest before he fled.

The injured man was rushed to KwaMhlanga Hospital in a serious condition and was certified dead on arrival.

The suspect was arrested at about 08:00 on Sunday near Thokoza Village.

He would face a charge of murder in the KwaMhlanga Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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