Man bailed for murder by the high court kills again twice

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A SHAMVA man out of custody on murder charges allegedly beat to death two men he accused of dating his girlfriends while he was in remand prison.

Alfred Chitato recently appeared before Harare magistrate who remanded him in custody to the end of this month for trial.

The State opposed conditional release, arguing that he breached bail conditions for prior a murder case by committing the same offence.

The magistrate advised Chitato to approach the High Court for bail.

Court heard the Chitato murdered a love rival last year using the same modus operandi employed in the latest killing and along the same railway line where he committed the latest murders.

According to the State, the latest case occurred on February 15, when Chitato, who had been freed on bail by the high court, came up with a plan to attack love rivals only identified as Col and Tawanda Chirume.

Conniving with friend Alois Hungwe who is still on the run, Chitato went to Lyton Road near the MTC Tobacco Company in Harare where the now deceased were seated.

Armed with metal bars and knives, the attackers saw their victims sitting on a railway line in the company of friends.

Chitato and his accomplice confronted the two, accusing them of snatching their girlfriends when they were in Harare Remand prison.

They then attacked their rivals with the metal bars and knives, killing in Col on the spot while Chirume died upon admission at Harare Hospital.

Members of the public apprehended the attackers but Hungwe wriggled free and fled the scene. He is still on the run.