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Suspected robber in court over fatal stabbing

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What started as a happy outing by two Braeside lovebirds ended tragically when robbers pounced on them, fatally stabbing the boyfriend.

Peter Dirai appeared before Harare magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi yesterday facing charges of murdering Kudakwashe Masango on May 21 this year.

Dirai was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody after being advised to apply for bail at the High Court.

Prosecutor Sarah Bosha stated on May 21, Dirai and his accomplice, identified in court only as Clive but who is still at large, prowled the Braeside area looking for victims to rob.

The state alleges Masango and his girlfriend, Linnet Chikanga, were sitting under a tree in a maize field behind Morgan Zintec Teachers’ College when Dirai and Clive confronted them.

Dirai allegedly challenged Masango and Chikanga asking them what they were doing and the couple replied that it was none of his business.

The state alleges an altercation erupted and Dirai allegedly produced a knife and ordered Masango and Chikanga to surrender all their belongings.

Upon realising that they were in danger, Chikanga fled the scene and began calling for help, leaving Masango struggling with the robbers.

The state alleges during the scuffle, Dirai allegedly stabbed Masango on the left side of his chest and he fell down bleeding profusely.

Dirai and Clive allegedly searched Masango and stole $15 and a cellphone before running off into the maize field.

When Chikanga returned in the company of her sister and a police officer, they found Masango lying dead in a pool of blood.

Dirai was arrested last week after intense investigations and he allegedly led the police to the recovery of the stolen cellphone.

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