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"Shoplifter" Hangs Self At Police Station

A 33-year-old man allegedly committed suicide in a holding cell at a Plumtree police station on 30 December last year but his relatives suspect foul play.

Conscious Sibanda was found lying face up with the rope around his neck still intact, suggesting that he might have been strangled.

His relatives are not convinced with claims that he took his own life since the rope that he is alleged to have used to hang himself was not broken.

The deceased’s friends and relatives believe he was murdered and are waiting for the results of a post-mortem, which was conducted at United Bulawayo Hospitals on Tuesday. Talent Sibanda, a relative of the deceased said:

There was some kind of foul play in the whole exercise. Something is not adding up and this is very worrisome. Apparently, they are hiding something from us.

Sibanda had been arrested for shoplifting. He allegedly tried to sodomise a man he was sharing a cell with.

He reportedly killed himself after charges of sodomy were laid against him.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the case is under police investigation. Said Nyathi:

We are investigating the death of the suspect in police cells. There are reports that he tried to sodomise his cellmates. We are also investigating those allegations.

More: B-Metro

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Daily prophecy 5 months ago

Ko iyo rope muma cells yaitsvagei bhutsu chaidzo dzisingadiwe even trouse unotonzi ripete kana une short i added advantage


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

KKKK I WILL TRY TO EXPLAIN WHAT IS MEANT BY THE QUOTE YOU ASKED ME TO INTERPRETE FOR YOU.

CONSCIOUS SIBANDA'S BODY WAS FOUND LYING ON ITS BACK WITH A ROPE STILL TIED ROUND HIS NECK.

"....SUGGESTING THAT HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN STRANGLED" HERE PERHAPS, RELATIVES MEAN THAT IF HE HAD HANGED HIMSELF, HIS RELATIVES WERE EXPECTING TO FIND HIS BODY STILL HANGING ON THE ROOF RAFTERS AND NOT LYING ON THE FLOOR.

POST MORTEM REPORT SHALL EXPLAIN HOW CONSCIOUS SIBANDA MIGHT HAVE DIED.

MY COLLEAGUES, MAY I GIVE THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES IN TRYING TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENS WITH BODIES AFTER HANGING.

[1] ONE WHO HANGS HIMSELF ON A ROOF RAFTER, BECAUSE THE ROOF RAFTER IS IN A SLANTING POSITION, THE ROPE MAY SLIDE DOWNWARDS DUE TO THE WEIGHT OF THE BODY. THIS MAY CAUSE THE FEET TOUCH AND REST ON THE GROUND OR FLOOR. THE BODY WILL REMAIN IN THAT POSITION MAY BE UNTILL IT DISCOVERED. THE ROPE WILL NO LONGER HAVE A LOT OF GRAVITY PULLING IT DOWN.

[2] OR STILL WITH THE ABOVE EXAMPLE. BECAUSE OF THE GRAVITY AND FORCE FROM WRIGGLING (LAST BREATHING MOMENTS), THE ROPE MIGHT UNTIE AND THE BODY DROPS DOWN.

[3) ONE WHO HANGS ON A WET BRANCH OF A TREE, HIS BODY'S WEIGHT MAY FORCE THAT BRANCH TO BEND DOWN. THE FEET WILL THEN STEP ON THE GROUND AND REST THERE. THE GRAVITY PULLING DOWN WILL BE LESSENED. RELATIVES WILL NOT BELIEVE THAT THEIR RELATIVE HAS NOT BEEN KILLED ELSEWHERE AND HANGED THERE FOR CONVENIENCE ONLY.

[4] FOURTH SCENARIO WHICH COULD HAVE HAPPENED IN SIBANDA'S CASE IS THAT THE POLICEMAN WHO DISCOVERED THE BODY HANGING MIGHT HAVE TRIED TO SAVE SIBANDA BY UNTYING THE ROPE, BUT DID NOT HONOR UP TO HIS SUPERIORS THAT HE HAD UNTIED THE ROPE WHILE HE WAS TRYING TO SAVE LIFE.

[ONE DEATH IS ONE DEATH TOO MANY]

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Bläskøshto 5 months ago

last part can be obviously what really happened.

Tops 5 months ago

Ukanzwa police yakutaura zve sodomy, know that they are trying to cover up something


Tkt 5 months ago

Chirungu chandi tiza apa

bush lawyer where are you, may you try to interpret this statement for me

" Conscious Sibanda was found lying face up with the rope around his neck still intact, suggesting that he might have been strangled. "


MuGrade 2 5 months ago

If you commit suicide by hanging,there should be a distance between your feet and e ground for u to die...in this case this person was found dead whilst his body was lying down and e rope still intact..you can only reach e ground only when e rope is no longer intact otherwise you won't die in such situation.


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