A CHIPINGE man was reportedly assaulted to death after he sold a dog which he had stolen from a local villager.
It was reported that the now-deceased Lucky Tsegure (39) of Mukumba Village under Chief Mapungwana sold a dog to Clement Chibvepi.
The dog is reported to have been stolen from a local man only identified as Chimene.
Provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Luxson Chananda said on May 12 at around 1700hrs, Tsegure and Solomon Mudimba Mutisi went to Themba Ndambi homestead to partake illicit beer known in the local lingo as sope New Zimbabwe reports.
Clement, his brother Christopher Chibvepi and Martin Chitemera Dube (39) of Mwandipfura Village under Chief Mutema were also at the same homestead drinking illicit brew.
When the trio saw Tsegure, it accused him of selling a stolen dog to Clement.
The buyer realised he had purchased a stolen dog after he was confronted by the owner.
Clement started assaulting him. Ndambi tried to restrain him but failed.
The other suspects joined the fracas and reportedly dragged the deceased to Budzi River 3 km away.
Along the way, they assaulted him using sticks and fists calling him a thief.
Tsegure’s body was found the following day around 6 am by Bothell Sithole without his trousers on.
Sithole reported the matter at Chipinge Rural Police Station.
After investigations police could not find the three suspects as it is believed that they did not return to Ndambi’s homestead after committing the offence.
Tsegure’s body was taken to Chipinge District Hospital for a post mortem.
Sticks used to assault the deceased were found at the site where his body was dumped and taken as an exhibit.