The body of a 55-year-old man from Newton West suburb in Bulawayo was last week found lying in a pool of blood in a suspected murder case involving robbery.
Police spokesman Andrew Phiri has confirmed the incident.
“We can confirm that we are handling a suspected murder case in Newton West which occurred in the evening last Tuesday,” he said. “ The now deceased, who was last seen at Newton West Shopping Centre at around 6pm, was found dead lying in a pool of blood 30 minutes later,” he said.
“The deceased had a wound on the head, but at this point we cannot say whether it is a bullet wound or not. We are hoping to get that information after the postmortem has been done.”
He identified the deceased as Andrew Mangena, whose body was discovered in a bushy area close to his home.
NewsDay visited the home of the deceased and spoke to his son Mandla Mangena about the incident.
Mangena said they did not have full details of what happened, but what they knew was that the deceased was shot in the head by robbers.
“My father was attacked around 6:30pm when he was coming from work,” he said.
“We were alerted by some passersby who saw the body and informed other residents. When we heard the news we decided to go and see the body, only to find that it was my father. He was lying in a pool of blood.”
Mangena said the thieves got away with two cellphones.
“The thieves took away his two cellphones only,” he said. The other items that he had in a carrier bag that he was carrying were still intact.”
A niece to the deceased said there seemed to have been a struggle with the thieves from the marks at the scene.
“There were signs of a struggle at the scene and his clothes were torn and bloodstained,” she said. A neighbour, who preferred only to be identified as Tawanda, said the area was dangerous.
“This area is extremely bushy making people easy targets for thieves,” he said.
“Commuter omnibus operators that ply this area drop people off at the shops, which are about five kilometres from our homes.”