Three Masvingo security guards assault suspected burglar to death

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Masvingo (New Ziana) –Police in Masvingo City recently arrested three security guards from Etland Milling Company for allegedly fatally assaulting a man who had broken into a warehouse at their work place on Tuesday around midnight.

Regus Togarepi (24) of Mabheire village under chief Makore, Gutu, Joseph Magombeyi (20) of Chidawanyika village, Watsomba in Mutasa and Mathias Murombo (33) of Murombo village in Makore, Gutu, are employed by Etland Milling Company.

Regus Nelson Togarepi (24), of Mabheire village under chief Makore, Gutu, Joseph Prudence Magombeyi (20) of Chidawanyika village, Watsomba in Mutasa and Mathias Korerai Murombo (33) of Murombo village, chief Makore, Gutu, are employed by Etland Milling Company.

The deceased, Takunda Maindidze (18) allegedly approached the Etland Milling Company premises and broke into a warehouse which had maize and maize meal bags while Murombo was observing him from a distance.

Murombo allegedly called his two workmates, Togarepi, who is said to be son to Gutu South legislator and Zanu PF National Assembly chief whip Pupurai, and Magombeyi by phone.

The trio confronted Maindidze and, while accusing him of being a burglar, started assaulting him all over the body using belts until he became unconscious and collapsed to the ground.

The three dragged Maindidze for about 400 metres from the scene into the neighboring Cold Storage Commission premises, towards Mucheke River, and dumped his body one and half metres from the Mudhefudhefu Footbridge, which leads into Mucheke A from the industrial area.

A passer-by noticed the lifeless body that morning around 6.30 and made a report to the police, who attended the scene.

During investigations, it emerged that Togarepi and Magombeyi had been seen cleaning blood stains on the verandah of their work place.

The police proceeded to Etland Milling Company and found Togarepi and Magombeyi still cleaning the blood and, upon being interviewed, the two implicated Murombo.

Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa warned members of the public against taking the law into their own hands when they apprehend suspects.

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