Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras mounted outside a wholesale in Rusape helped the police solve a murder case after capturing the suspected killers throwing a dead body from a moving truck onto the tarmac.
According to The Manica Post, the alleged murderers reportedly wanted it to appear as if their victim had been killed in a hit-and-run accident.
Marcus Runduke of Magamba suburb’s body was found dumped at Global Brothers Wholesalers opposite the main bus terminus.
CCTV footage was handed over to the police last week on Friday resulting in the arrest of two well-known Rusape potato traders — Clever Nyabote (28) of Makochere Village, Mutoko; and Takawira Munanzvu (27) of Hopley, Harare.
Nyabote and Munanzvu were arrested barely 12 hours after committing the alleged crime.
The two suspects this week appeared at the Rusape Magistrates’ Court facing murder charges as defined in Section 47 (1) (a) or (b) of the Criminal Law, (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23.
They were not asked to plead when they appeared before Rufaro Mangwiro.
They were remanded in custody to 23 February for routine remand and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.
Prosecuting, Nyaradzo Ndachengedzwa said that last week on Thursday, Nyabote and Munanzvu allegedly fatally assaulted Runduke using an iron bar and other unknown, but dangerous weapons. She said:
During the night of February 9, the accused persons who were travelling in a truck that was being driven by Nyabote picked up the now late Mr Runduke in Vengere and drove him towards the Central Business District.
Along the way, the accused persons fatally assaulted Mr Runduke using a metal bar and other unknown objects all over his body.
On reaching the Global Brothers Wholesalers (Madhadha), the accused persons threw the body from their moving truck onto the tarmac and drove off to an unknown destination.
Mr Runduke’s body was later found lying on the road with multiple head injuries, as well as a deep sharp cut on the groin and scrotum. The body was lying in a pool of blood.
The accused persons were captured by a CCTV installed outside Global Brothers Wholesalers as they dumped Mr Runduke’s body on the tarmac.
She said Nyabote and Munanzvu were arrested on 10 February as they were in the same red scania truck along the Mutare-Harare Highway.
Police recovered a bloodstained murder weapon from the truck.