Kombi driver beaten to death

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A 36–YEAR–OLD com­muter om­nibus driver from Gweru died af­ter he was as­saulted by strangers af­ter he re­port­edly passed deroga­tory com­ments towards them.

Act­ing Mid­lands po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Ethel Muk­wende said Pa­trick Hove died three days af­ter the al­leged at­tack which hap­pened on Sunday last week.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der case where Pa­trick Hove (36) was bru­tally at­tacked at Mkoba 17 lead­ing to his death. So far we have not ar­rested any­one. As soon as we have any leads we will up­date you,” said Asst Insp Muk­wende.

She ap­pealed to any­one with in­for­ma­tion that may lead to the ar­rest of the sus­pects to con­tact po­lice on 02542-22107 or 025422228636.

A fam­ily

spokesper­son, Ms

Win­nie Mu­gan­dani, an aunt to the de­ceased said Hove was dumped at his home — Mkoba 18 but died at Parireny­atwa hos­pi­tal in Harare where he had been trans­ferred.

“It was on Sunday at around 8pm and a kombi crew led by a guy called Jose came and hooted at the gate. They dumped Pa­trick at the gate and left,” she said.

Ms Mu­gan­dani said Hove stag­gered to his bed­room and his wife, Ms Bless­ing Chit­iga, rushed to the liv­ing room to in­form the other fam­ily mem­bers that Hove was bleed­ing heav­ily. “We rushed to check what was hap­pen­ing and found him ly­ing on the bed groan­ing while clutch­ing his stom­ach. He was bleed­ing from the mouth and his left eye was swollen. He had al­ready messed him­self on the bed,” she said.

The fam­ily took Hove to Gweru Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal where an X-ray was car­ried out.

“The fol­low­ing day on Mon­day he was trans­ferred to Parireny­atwa hos­pi­tal. I left him there. When I went to visit him on Tues­day he was breath­ing with dif­fi­culty. The doc­tor told us he was bleed­ing in­ter­nally. On Tues­day he was trans­ferred to the In­ten­sive Care Unit (ICU) and he died on Wed­nes­day at around 1am,” said Ms Mu­gan­dani.

Sources said Hove, pop­u­larly known as Bomber by his col­leagues in the city was beaten af­ter he al­legedly laughed at three men who were walk­ing with a woman in Mkoba 18 near Hove shops and passed a lewd com­ment ques­tion­ing their viril­ity. One of the men, fam­ily sources said, turned on Hove and bru­tally punched and kicked him.

“We are told at one point the man had his boot on Pa­trick’s neck while he pum­melled him mer­ci­lessly. We hear he also stomped on his stom­ach while he lay on the ground,” said a fam­ily mem­ber who asked not to be named.

The fam­ily mem­ber said the at­tack was so vi­cious that doc­tors said he suf­fered mul­ti­ple in­ter­nal in­juries.

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