New twist to Wood's inquest

BULAWAYO - Police are alleged to have looted all original documents including the missing will belonging to the late British soldier Robert Alexander Wood, the on-going inquest into his death heard.

Wood was found hanging in March 2012, at his rented Bulawayo home where lived with his Zimbabwean wife Gugulethu Henrietta Dube in a customary marriage.

Doctors said the British soldier undoubtedly committed suicide but in a statement filed at the courts the deceased’s brother, Ian argued that Dube forged Wood’s will in order to gain control of his mine.

Taking the witness stand, Dube’s mother Tholiwe Clarke asked investigating officer in Wood’s case, Inspector Tirivamwe Matsika whether he was aware of the fact that the police took all of Wood’s documents.

“When you took the passports did you take the photocopy or the original? So what made you say you cannot find the original when you collected all the documents?” Clarke asked.

Matsika told the court he had no clue about the collection of the original documents and was only given a photocopy of the will.

The officer had earlier on told the court that he could not find the original documents which were much needed by the state.

“I tried to get it from the documents from CID but they said they did not receive the will,” he said.

A few weeks ago Dube’s grandmother Esnath Moyo could not decipher the signature on the photocopy of the will presented by the State to find out whether she was a signatory to it.

Magistrate Enias Magate who is the coroner requested for an original copy which could not be found. Dube had previously told the court that Moyo signed most of Wood’s documents as well as his will.

Magistrate Magate adjourned the inquest to June 2 for a ruling.

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