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    The trials and tribulations of a Gutu murderer


    MASVINGO – Murder is the last crime that one must commit at least judging by the fear, anxiety confusion and desperation that grips the offender after committing the offence.
    After murdering elderly Johannes Mudoro and getting away with money from the deceased’s EcoCash account, Francis Mugabe (29) and his alleged accomplice Tinashe Chikumbi walked nearly 200km on foot in a bid to escape from the law.
    The arduous journey from Runyowa Business Centre near Mpandawana to Birchenough Bridge took three long days.
    In Birchenough Bridge Chikumbi dumped Mugabe and went away with all the money and the desperate Mugabe who was left without money, food or clothes decided to make the return journey home again on foot. High Court Judge Justice Mawadze who presided over the murder case heard that Mugabe wanted to go back and collect his clothes so he could run away to a safe place.
    However hunger got the better of him and he was forced to steal meal-mealie and chicken but was caught and arrested
    Mugabe appeared before Masvingo High Court Judge, Justice Garainesu Mawadze and was on Tuesday convicted and sentenced to 30 years in jail.
    Chikumbi is still at large
    The State presented overwhelming evidence which incriminated him and Chikumbi.
    Mugabe said he killed the deceased because he was jobless after losing a  job as a herdboy. He said he wanted some money to travel back home.
    Mugabe and Chikumbi struck the deceased four times on the head using axes.
    The State said sometime in May 2018, Chikumbi and Mugabe connived to kill the deceased and steal money from his EcoCash money wallet after he sold a beast.
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