Guard hangs self after break-in

A BINGA man was on Monday morning found hanging from a tree in a bush outside the yard of a house he was guarding in Lockview, Bulawayo, after thieves broke in and stole some furniture.


Amos Mwende (38), who had been guarding the house for five years, was found hanging by the police and brick moulders around mid-morning following a search of the area.

The owner of the house, Sibusiso Khumalo, told Southern Eye yesterday that Mwende was last seen on Sunday evening before the break-in during which a 75-inch plasma television set, food staffs and cutlery was stolen.

“We last saw him on Sunday evening before the robbery and he looked very normal. On Monday morning after the robbery, we looked for him as we wanted to know if he was aware of the robbery or had seen the robbers, but to our surprise he was not in the vicinity,” said Khumalo.

“At around 9am, we then alerted the Hillside police who together with some brick moulders searched for Mwende and found him hanging from a tree with a wire around his neck,” she said.

Khumalo said they were, however, shocked to find Mwende wearing four pairs of trousers and several shirts as that was unusual of him.

She said they were still dumbfounded why Mwende decided to take his own life as he had never displayed any signs of being suicidal.

She said for the years they had known Mwende, he was a jovial person with a hot temper as he occasionally beat up his wife.

Mwende’s body was ferried to Binga where he was buried yesterday. Efforts to get a comment from Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo were fruitless as he was said to be out of the office.

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