Businessman killed for ritual purposes

A MT DARWIN businessman was brutally murdered by three Dotito men, who allegedly removed his scalp, left eye and ear in a suspected case of ritual killings.

BY CHARLES LAITON

The incident, which left Mashonaland Central province shocked, occurred during the night of December 4 last year when the now deceased, whose identity was not made public in court papers, was asleep.

The businessman’s death led to the arrest of Tinashe Nyarusanga (18), Clifford Mutimumwe (26) and Takesure Chionza (42), all from Chief Nembire in Dotito.

However, Chionza has since approached the High Court seeking bail pending trial, arguing he was implicated in the murder of his former boss, yet he had no hand in his killing.

On the day in question, the court heard, the three men allegedly connived with another unknown suspect, to go and kill the businessman.

Acting in common purpose, it is alleged, they armed themselves with iron bars and proceeded to the now deceased’s bedroom, where they forced the door open.

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While the now deceased was in deep slumber, they struck him several times on the head, killing him in the process.

Later, the court heard they dragged his lifeless body for a distance of about 40 metres from his home and went back to the house, where they stole $20 and a Nokia cellphone.

The three men then returned to the lifeless body and removed the scalp, left eye and left ear before disappearing from the scene.

The cellphone was later recovered by police from Nyarusanga, who also made indications upon being arrested.
In his bail statement at the High Court, Chionza, through his lawyer, said he would not have killed his loving boss.

“In the present case, he never participated in the murder of the now deceased and his inclusion in these allegations is quite unfortunate and he shall wait for his day in court. Applicant was only employed by the now deceased as a conductor on a periodic basis,” the lawyer said.

“He had no reason whatsoever to want to kill the deceased, his employer, who allowed him to go farming during the farming season and come back afterwards. Very few employers would do this.”
The matter is set to be heard next Monday.

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