Stolen cellphones ring from dead man’s socks

Ray Bande Mutare Bureau

REVELLERS at night clubs around Chikanga’s TM area in Mutare were lucky to recover their stolen cellphones which had been tucked in knee-high socks of a thief who was fatally assaulted by his colleague after refusing to share the loot in the late hours of last Friday.

The nasty incident happened at a night club in Chikanga.

Police confirmed the death of McDonald Muparutsa (31) of New Chisamba, Sakubva, at the hands of his colleague, Lovemore Biggie Nyanzou (26) of Muchena section of the same suburb.

Acting Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka, said Nyanzou allegedly murdered his colleague after the latter refused to share the stolen kitty.

“The incident occurred at Rio Night Club at Chikanga TM area in Mutare. On the fateful night, the two were drinking beer together and Nyanzou saw Muparutsa snatching a cellphone from a patron’s pocket and went outside the night club. Nyanzou followed him and demanded a share of the loot. MacDonald refused to give him anything. After that, Nyanzou head-butted Muparutsa. When Nyanzou saw that Muparutsa had collapsed, he ran away.

“However, onlookers gave chase and apprehended him. When police attended the scene, they found Muparutsa’s body lying in a pool of blood and Nyanzou was arrested,” said Assistant Inspector Chinyoka.

However, when imbibers dialled their numbers, they heard their phones ringing from the deceased Muparutsa’s socks.

A witness, Mr Lawrence Zvamunongoda, told our Mutare Bureau: “It was shocking to see cellphones being retrieved from the deceased person’s socks.”

“Following Muparutsa’s murder, police attended the scene. People who were enjoying themselves in other night clubs around the area rushed to witness the incident.

“Those who had lost their phones during that night, dialled their numbers using other people’s phones. They heard the phones ringing from Muparutsa’s socks. I noticed five cellphones being retrieved from the socks,” he said.

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