Rob­bers crush girl (8)’s head with boulder

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie

AN eight-year-old girl from Masvingo died when two unidentified men crushed her head with a 10kg boulder in a sus­pected rob­bery at­tempt.

Po­lice said the sus­pects used the huge rock to break down a door to a hut where the vic­tim, her mother and sib­lings were sleep­ing on Thurs­day at around 1:30AM.

The boulder fell on Mar­gret Changa’s head af­ter smash­ing through the door.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Changa Vil­lage un­der Chief Nya­jena af­ter the vic­tim’s mother, Ms No­ria Dovi (31), had re­fused to open the door for the in­trud­ers.

Mar­gret was left bleed­ing from the nose, mouth and right side of the head. She was rushed to Nya­jena Clinic where she was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival.

Masvingo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Char­ity Mazula the two rob­bers who could not be iden­ti­fied fled af­ter com­mit­ting the crime. She said po­lice have since launched a man­hunt for the sus­pects.

Insp Mazula said the body was taken to Mor­gen­ster Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal for post­mortem.

“We have re­ceived a mur­der re­port in­volv­ing an eight-yearold girl from Chief Nya­jena area.

“The girl was sleep­ing in the kitchen hut with her mother, twin sis­ter, two sib­lings aged 13 and 11 months when un­known men struck the door to their house in­tend­ing to forcibly gain en­try,” she Insp Mazula.

The po­lice spokesper­son said on Wed­nes­day at around 9PM Ms Dovi whose hus­band, Mr Mara­pira Changa (39), is based in South Africa and had re­cently vis­ited his fam­ily, re­tired to bed in the kitchen hut with her four chil­dren.

“At about 1:30AM on Thurs­day, two un­known men ar­rived at Mr Changa’s homestead and knocked on the door but Dovi re­mained quiet. One of the men threat­ened to break down the door,” said Insp Mazula.

“They hurled a stone weigh­ing about 10kg through the door and it landed on Mar­gret’s head.”

Sens­ing dan­ger, Ms Dovi al­legedly phoned her fa­ther-in­law, Mr Si­mon Changa (40), telling him that rob­bers were threat­en­ing to harm her and the chil­dren

A male vil­lager who asked not to be named said the rob­bers are sus­pected to be well known men in the area.

He said Ms Dovi screamed for help and the rob­bers fled the scene and she rushed to call Mr Changa at a neigh­bour­ing homestead.

“Mr Si­mon Changa sought trans­port and rushed Mar­gret to Nya­jena Clinic where she died upon ar­rival. A re­port was made at Renco Po­lice Sta­tion. Po­lice at­tended the scene but found the rob­bers hav­ing al­ready dis­ap­peared, “he added.

Another vil­lager said it is likely that the sus­pects were aware that Ms Dovi’s hus­band had re­cently vis­ited his fam­ily and left some money or gro­ceries which they wanted to steal. — @ wal­terbm­swazie2

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