Coun­try records 13 Box­ing Day mur­ders

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THE coun­try this year recorded 13 mur­der cases on Box­ing Day, with the as­sailants re­port­edly us­ing knives, bot­tles and iron bars to com­mit the crimes.

Chief po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba, said po­lice were highly con­cerned with the re­cent surge in crimes such as those of pas­sion, as­sault, rape, at­tempted mur­der and mur­der.

“The Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice is con­cerned with the re­cent up­surge of vi­o­lent crimes such as as­sault, rape, at­tempted mur­der, and mur­der. Thir­teen mur­der cases were recorded in one day on 26 De­cem­ber 2018. In most cases, the per­pe­tra­tors use weapons such as knives, bro­ken bot­tles or iron bars,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said this while re­lat­ing to cases that oc­curred in parts of the coun­try dur­ing the hol­i­days.

“In a re­cent case which oc­curred in Nkayi, one man was stabbed to death, af­ter a brawl with a drink­ing part­ner who used an Okapi knife to stab him. In a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in Mu­fakose, a man was stabbed to death with a bro­ken beer bot­tle af­ter he had ques­tioned why the ac­cused was at his gate with his girl­friend.

“In Gwe­lut­shena also in Nkayi, an 80-year-old woman was struck once on the head with an iron bar, be­fore she was raped and robbed of her be­long­ings,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

She urged peo­ple to value the sanc­tity of hu­man life and find am­i­ca­ble ways of deal­ing with anger than to re­sort to vi­o­lence that would lead to un­nec­es­sary loss of life.

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