POLICE have confirmed the arrest of a man suspected of murder and robberies, who had been wreaking havoc in Bulawayo, for more than a year.
National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, said they arrested Gift Sabata, 44, in connection with murder and armed robberies which occurred between December last year and this month.
“On 19th November, at around 2am, detectives from CID Homicide, Bulawayo, and members of the Support Unit Police Special Tactics, who had been monitoring the suspect, raided him at his girlfriend’s house in Cowdray Park where he was hiding,” said Ass Comm Nyathi.
“Upon arrest a Rossi Revolver, loaded with five rounds, was recovered from the suspect.
“Further investigations by the police led to the recovery of a Taurus Revolver with six rounds and a Peatra-Beretta Gardone Vt.22 without a magazine at Tshabalala Game Sanctuary.
“The suspect was linked to two cases of murder and 13 cases of armed robbery in which valuables worth US$58 639 were stolen.
“The arrest cleared a murder case, which occurred on 28 June at a House along Fortunes Gate, Mashemhlope, Bulawayo, where the suspect and his accomplice, identified as Clifford Leniency Nyoni, shot dead the complainant with a pistol before stealing US$1 000 cash.”
Sabata was also linked to a murder that occurred on February 2 in Richmond, Bulawayo, where a 24-year-old man died after being admitted at a local hospital.
He was shot on the thigh with a pistol following a misunderstanding over an undisclosed issue.
Ass Comm Nyathi also revealed that:
“On 19th November, at around 10am, the suspect died while admitted at United Bulawayo Hospitals after experiencing some convulsions with froth coming out of his mouth.
“The suspect had consumed food and diabetes medication brought by his wife, Mavis Matupe.”
Police are also asking for information that could lead to the arrest of two people suspected of being involved in murder, rape and armed robbery of motorists along the Harare-Chirundu Road.
“In one of the cases, the suspects shot dead a 33-year-old man before raping his 26-year-old girlfriend and stealing a cellphone, power bank and US$48 on 19 November along Highlands Road, Chinhoyi.
“Further, the suspects pounced on a house in Chinhoyi and stole a laptop, five cellphones and US$320 before shooting one of the complainants thrice on the knee.
“Anyone with information should contact the National Complaints Desk on (0242) 703631 or WhatsApp on 0712 800 107 or report at any nearest police station.”