Musiiwa Gondoro, who is a younger brother to Norman Chagwiza, who was recently arrested for stealing while clad in a skeleton-like costume and mask, committed suicide by hanging from a tree on Monday.
People around him suspect he feared being arrested in connection with theft cases.
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Musiiwa allegedly worked in cahoots with his step-brother, Norman, breaking into houses of unsuspecting residents and stealing goods.
He reportedly took his own life after warning his wife not to disclose how he had acquired some of their household goods.
Musiiwa died on Monday before he was removed from the scene of his death on Tuesday afternoon.
His wife, Spiwe Dandira said her husband had not been coming home since the arrest of his step-brother. She said:
He told me not to tell anyone and if am asked about the batteries we have, I had to tell them that he bought them.
He told me to go home and that he would come and have his food.
I waited for him at home but he did not show up before I decided to return to his hiding place where I searched for him.
Unfortunately, he was found by his friends while hanging from a tree in the mountain.
Dandira said Musiiwa had been staying in the mountain for three days since the arrest of his brother.
Musiiwa’s friend identified as Baba Brian said the deceased had been living in fear of arrest. He said:
From the time his brother was arrested, he knew he was next as the police were trying to recover everything and apprehending the suspects.
The other Harare housebreaking team was arrested and this made him fear the worst prompting him to kill himself.