TWO men attempted to steal the corpse of a man they had used as a drug “mule”, getting him to ingest about 1,4 kilogrammes of heroin, which later killed him at a lodge in Braeside, Harare after he failed to excrete the drug in time.
REPORT BY CHARLES LAITON SENIOR COURT REPORTER
The mule was a Tanzanian national Ally Omari Mpili, who was supposed to transport the heroin to South Africa in his stomach. He allegedly swallowed 80 ampoules of the drug weighing 1,4kg in Tanzania and was supposed to travel by bus to South Africa via Zimbabwe.
He, however, was not so lucky and allegedly failed to get a connecting bus from Roadport in Harare to South Africa. Stranded, he ended up putting up at a lodge in Braeside with the drugs in his stomach.
Apparently, the drugs burst from the satchets in his tummy, killing him.
The local Criminal Investigations Department (CID) busted the drug syndicate and arrested the two colleagues when they attempted to steal the mule’s corpse.
Mpili is believed to have been acting as a conduit for transporting dangerous drugs from Tanzania to South Africa via Zimbabwe.
The court heard that on October 19 this year, after allegedly swallowing the heroin, the deceased, a Tanzanian named Ally Omari Mpili, arrived at Road Port in Harare en-route to South Africa.
He allegedly failed to catch a connecting bus forcing him to find overnight accommodation at a lodge in Braeside.
When he died in the lodge, the death was reported to the police who then ferried the body to a city funeral parlour while awaiting a post-mortem report.
On October 24 this year, a South Africa-based Tanzanian, Mlawa Jumanne Ndumbogane and a Mberengwa man, Mufungo Ngara, allegedly visited the parlour after gathering information that their colleague had been taken there.
They allegedly requested for the body without the knowledge of the police, prompting the parlour officials to contact the cops leading to their arrest.
It was, however, not made clear as to where the two men intended to transport the body to.
The corpse was then referred to Parirenyatwa Hospital for post-mortem where it was examined by a local pathologist who recovered the 80 heroin ampoules from the deceased’s intestines.
Ndumbogane (33) from Pretoria, was charged alongside Ngara (39) for attempting to deal in dangerous drugs.
They were both not asked to plead when they appeared before Harare magistrate Anita Tshuma charged with contravening Section 189 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
They were remanded in custody to November 12 after prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira opposed bail.