Thief dies after taking poison in court

HARARE - A 51-year-old Beatrice cellphone thief was confirmed dead yesterday after he gulped a bottle of poison in court on Monday.

Cuthbert Shoko died at around 10pm on Monday at Chitungwiza Central Hospital where he had been admitted following the incident.

Judicial Service Commission deputy secretary Munamato Mutevedzi confirmed the incident to the Daily News yesterday.

“We can confirm that he passed away yesterday (Monday) and we are informed that he had taken a termiticide that is used in cotton farming,” he said.

Shoko is suspected to have sneaked the poison bottle anticipating a conviction on theft charges.

Prison guards rushed to contain the situation as Shoko struck the magistrate with the empty bottle after taking the poison.

Court proceedings were immediately adjourned as authorities tried to restore order.

The complainant was Yeukai Mutefani, 25, of Doctor Chikwava’s plot in Beatrice.

Shoko is married to Mutefani’s elder sister.

It had been proved that at around 9pm on April 15 this year, Mutefani was drinking beer at Hiipo Drum with her boyfriend Chester Mupfumbwa and Edmore Chandinangirira.

They later decided to go to Beatrice Motel for more beers and Mutefani gave Chandinangirira her cellphone, a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, for safe keeping.

When they were at the motel, Mutefani had a misunderstanding with her boyfriend and hit him with a broken bottle on the face and hand.

Chandinangirira then left the scene with Mutefani’s phone going to Beatrice Service Station before retiring to his residence.

The following day at around 2am, Shoko went to Beatrice Service Station where Mupfumbwa resided and misrepresented to Chandinangirira that he had been instructed to get Mutefani’s phone on her behalf.

The offence was unearthed after Mutefani went to demand her phone from Mupfumbwa and was told that Shoko had taken it.

    Comments (1)

    There is now new information about this case. Research and make your own conclusion as to whether he was actually a thief or not. I know conviction declares him a thief..

    XG - 8 September 2016

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