Police burn suspected thief alive

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Nine armed Guruve police officers allegedly burnt a suspected thief facing seven counts of criminal charges.

The matter came to light today at Guruve magistrates courts where Ben Chipoya (40) appeared before Guruve resident magistrate Shingirai Mutiro.

Chipoya told the magistrate that police officers stormed his homestead fired warning shots, threw a tear smoke in his house and broke into his room to arrest him.

“Your worship nine armed police officers came to my house during the night where l was sleeping with my family, l just heard gun shots outside while l was trying to check what was happening a tear smoke was fired through the window and burnt my chest,” Chipoya said.

In response one of the investigating officers said the firing of the tear smoke was to force the suspect outside.

The state led by Albert Charewa alleged that sometime in 2018 Chipoya assaulted two different with an iron and left for dead.

In the same year he stole three motorbikes and body parts were recovered at his homestead.

On March 17 he unlawfully entered into Ballentine Musekwa and stole a solar pannel,car battery and groceries.

He was remanded in custody to June 17 for continuation of trial.

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