Police on Wednesday arrested a Murehwa herdboy, Tafadzwa Shamba, on kidnap and murder charges following the discovery of a mutilated body of a seven-year-old boy in the area last week.
Shamba and two suspects who are still at large allegedly kidnapped and murdered Tapiwa and harvested his body parts which they sold for US$1 500 for ritual purposes.
In a statement on Wednesday, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi gave details of the progress of investigations. He said:
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It is alleged that Tafadzwa Shamba, a herd boy in the same village with the victim, worked with the other suspects to waylay the victim at a garden. They took him to a mountain where they kept him for the whole day.
They then killed him at night and one of the other suspects, who is from Juru Growth Point, took away the head leaving the herd boy with the other body parts after promising to give him US$1 500 on coming back.
Tapiwa was abducted while on his way to a garden last week where he had been sent by his mother.
His mutilated body was found being eaten by dogs a few days after his enforced disappearance.