Police Officers Who Arrested And Burnt A Suspect Appear In Court
TWO police officers deployed to ZRP Beitbridge rural appeared in court facing murder charges. The two were recently arrested for allegedly torturing to death and burning the remains of a suspect they had arrested for alleged theft.
The accused who were identified as Xander Siasayi (33) of Tuli Police Station and Daniel Peyani (32) of Zezani Police Station are accused of allegedly hiding the body of Blessing Nare (23) in a drainage. The deceased was being accused of stealing R10 140 and US$200.
Appearing before Beioghtbridge magistrate, Mr. Toyindepi Zhou the two accused persons asked not to plead and were remanded in custody to 15 February.
According to iHarare, Prosecuting, Mr. Ronald Mugwagwa said on December 20, 2020, at around 8 am, the now deceased’s girlfriend, Beatrice Ndou (24), who is employed at Toporo Special Bottle Store, made a report at Swereki Police Base alleging that Nare broke into Toporo Special Bottle Store and stole cash amounting to R10 140 and $200.
Upon receiving the report, Siasayi and Peyani were on duty at the police base but did not record the offense in the report book. The court further heard that on the same date around 7 pm, Nare was picked from Toporo Special Bottle Store, where he was residing with his girlfriend.
The two cops escorted him and a co-accused, Godknows Mbedzi, back to Swereki Police Base where they spent the night. The State further alleges that on the following day at around 6 am while at the police base, the accused persons assaulted the now deceased with a stick on the thighs and buttocks several times interrogating him about the alleged break-in.
It is also reported that they assaulted the now deceased in the presence of Mbedzi who they later released. The accused persons then took Nare to Toporo Business Centre in a bid to recover the stolen money.
While at the business center the accused persons got into the now deceased’s room and assaulted him with a stick on the buttocks several times. This was allegedly witnessed by his girlfriend and they later escorted him back to Swereki Police Base.
On the same day, at around 8 pm, the accused persons were seen at Swereki shops without the now deceased.
On January 4, 2021, the deceased’s mother, Sibongile Ndou, told one Inspector Marisa, who is the Officer in Charge at Zezani, that her son had not returned home since his arrest.
It is after this report that Insp Marisa proceeded to Swereki Police Base and upon interviewing Siasayi and Peyani, he was told that Nare escaped from custody and efforts to apprehend him were in vain.
Insp Marisa discovered that Nare was arrested but no warned and cautioned statement had been recorded. He also discovered that the unlawful entry and theft report was not recorded in the report book at the base.
These loopholes in the case led to a search being commissioned on January 7 and the decomposing remains of the deceased were found stashed in a white sack inside a storm drain.
A skull, which was detached from the body, two limbs with feet and two arms were also found.
The clothes and body parts seemed to have been burnt before being stashed in the sack.
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