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MBERENGWA, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, 1991 — Mid­lands po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing what ap­pears to be a bizarre case of mur­der, in which a 12-year-old boy is al­leged to have killed a boy aged 11 here.

A po­lice spokesman said yes­ter­day that the in­ci­dent hap­pened on Thurs­day near Vodza Pri­mary School in the Mberengwa com­mu­nal lands.

The spokesman said both the 12-year-old boy, from Gwenyanya vil­lage in Chief Muketi’s area and the de­ceased, iden­ti­fied as Sim­barashe Gumbo of Muzvondiwa Vil­lage un­der the same chief, were at a bore­hole near Vodza School with other chil­dren.

The de­ceased then al­legedly asked the other boy why he was look­ing at him with wide open eyes. It is al­leged that the ac­cused boy then stood up from where he was sit­ting and started as­sault­ing the 11-year-old with clenched fists.

The boy being as­saulted fell to the ground and died in­stantly, it is al­leged. The spokesman said the boy’s body was con­veyed to Mnene Hos­pi­tal in the dis­trict for a post-mortem and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were in progress.

This is the se­cond case within just over a year in which po­lice in the Mid­lands have in­ves­ti­gated a case of mur­der in which both the vic­tim and ac­cused were mi­nors. In June, 1990, two girls from Shu­rugwi com­mu­nal lands, who were aged eight and seven, al­legedly kid­napped and mur­dered a two-year-old child.

How­ever, po­lice in the prov­ince re­cently said no charges of ei­ther mur­der or kid­nap­ping would be pre­ferred against the girls as they were con­sid­ered too young to com­mit a crime.

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