Gold pan­ner killed, body dumped on rail­way tracks

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde

A SUS­PECTED gold pan­ner was al­legedly killed and his body thrown onto a rail­way line where it was crushed by a train.

The body was found in two halves near the rail­way line in Colleen Bawn on Mon­day morn­ing.

Sources said the uniden­ti­fied man ap­peared to have been killed while com­ing from a beer drink.

They said the body may have been thrown onto the track to cover up for the of­fence.

Mata­bele­land po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele yes­ter­day said po­lice were treat­ing the case as mur­der.

“Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der case in which a body of a man be­lieved to be in his 20s was found by a passerby on Oc­to­ber 2 at around 6AM. The body was ly­ing along the rail­way line with both legs cut, ap­par­ently by a goods train. The body had mul­ti­plies in­juries. The in­for­mant ad­vised the po­lice who at­tended the scene and the body was con­veyed to United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals for a post­mortem,” said Insp Nde­bele.

He said the body is still uniden­ti­fied be­cause the per­son had no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion par­tic­u­lars.

“We are ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of the pub­lic to come and iden­tify the body. The per­son was putting on a pair of black trousers, blue T-Shirt, a scotch hat and black pair of tennis shoes,” said Insp Nde­bele.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Mug­wizi on cell num­ber 0774487947 or land­line (084) 22820. I also urge mem­bers of the pub­lic to carry iden­ti­fi­ca­tion par­tic­u­lars for ease of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in case of mishaps.”

In­spec­tor Nde­bele urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to shun vi­o­lence in re­solv­ing dis­putes.

“Cases of vi­o­lence are on the in­crease and peo­ple should seek coun­selling from the po­lice, el­ders and churches if they meet chal­lenges rather than re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence. Vi­o­lence ac­tu­ally leads to more prob­lems and un­nec­es­sary loss of life,” he said.

The lat­est killing comes in the wake of 24 mur­der cases which were recorded in Gwanda Dis­trict in the first quar­ter of the year.

Most of the mur­ders oc­curred at drink­ing spots.— @richardmuponde.

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