A Chivi man who allegedly teamed up with his brother and father to fatally assault his grandmother has been arrested after he tested negative for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Bright Tizirai (25) of Makuvire village in Madyangove communal lands told police officers who wanted to arrest him that his arrest would endanger their health and other suspects at Chivi Police Station, claiming that he was COVID-19 positive.
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However, Masvingo Provincial Medical Director Dr Amadeous Shamu collected samples from Bright and tested him for COVID-19 at the request of the police. Said, Dr Shamu:
We collected samples from the murder suspect (Bright) in Chivi who recently returned from South Africa and claimed to have had COVID-19. The results came out negative.
Bright, his brother Daniel (21) and father Duduzile Tizirai (49) fatally assaulted Nyengeterai Tizirai, whom they accused of possessing goblins that purportedly killed Duduzile’s wife in March this year.
The trio was remanded in custody and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.