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  Penhalonga boy (15) on the run for brutally killing school mate


MUTARE-In an incident that has sent shock waves in the mining settlement of Penhalonga a 15 year old boy is on the run after allegedly killing his 10 year -old school mate with an iron bar.

The boy from Muponda Village, Chief Mutasa in Penhalonga doing Grade 7 at Muponda Primary School in  Penhalonga struck Solomon Muchena (10) with an iron bar accusing him of letting his cattle destroy his parents maize.

Solomon who was doing Grade 4 at the same school was struck on the head with an iron bar which is used as a peg and he died on the spot.

Manicaland Provincial acting Police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka confirmed the sad incident which occurred on January 3, 2024.

Ass Inspector Chinyoka said the pepertrator is still at large

Circumstances to the unfortunate incident are that on

January 3, at around 1500 hours the two were herding cattle in the grazing area. Later on Solomon and his brother Russel Muchena(12) of the same Village decided to go home with their herd of cattle.

Upon arrival at their homestead, they saw the accused following them. The accused  then started accusing  Solomon of letting their cattle destroy a maize field belonging to his parents.

This resulted in a misunderstanding         among the three and as a result, the accused uprooted an iron rod which was mounted  near the gate and struck Solomon once on the head.

Solomon suddenly fell down, started bleeding profusely from the head and died on the spot.

The accused fled from the scene after committing the offence.

Thomas Mandiringana who is the village head was advised of the case and rushed to the scene.

Mandiringana made a report to ZRP Penhalonga who attended the scene and managed to recover the weapon used to commit the crime.

When the police arrived at the scene, they observed the body of Solomon lying facing upwards in a pool of blood.

Solomon’s body was conveyed to Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem.

Chinyoka said investigations are in progress and appealed to members of the public who may have information leading to the arrest of the accused to report to any nearby police station.

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