Aunt beats teen beaten to death over missing $30

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By Staff Reporter

RUSAPE: An 18-year-old teen, Francis Mawasa, was recently beaten to death after he reportedly stole $30 from his aunt.

Police confirmed the incident which happened at Plot 16 Devonia Village under Chief Chipunza

Arrested over the tragedy were Winnie Musekavanhu, 46, who is the deceased’s aunt, as well as one Tichaona Chipomho, 24 and an Ikey Chipomho, 18.

Manicaland deputy police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Luxson Chananda said at around mid-morning on June 30, the now-deceased teen together with the suspects were processing millet grains about 100 metres away from their homestead.

Mawasa was then sent home to collect sacks for packing the produce.

He returned and continued with his work before the group retired home together where Musekavanhu discovered that her $30 was missing.

She suspected Mawasa had taken the cash and reportedly interrogated the teenager who vehemently denied the allegations initially.

“Mawasa later admitted that he stole the money after through interrogation. He led his aunt to a nearby bush where he said he had hidden the money but surprisingly there was nothing,” said police spokesman Chananda.

An angry Musekanehuku, with the help of the other suspects, then started assaulting the teen with sticks all over his body several times.

The boy sustained bruises and cuts all over the body.

The following day, the he woke up not feeling well with a swollen body and succumbed to the injuries at around 1500 hours in the afternoon.

Police who attended the scene and arrested the suspects.

The body was taken to Rusape General Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.