Last week Thursday armed robbers pounced on a couple in Target Kopje suburb in Masvingo and robbed them of cash (ZWL, Rands, and USD), a car, and other valuables before throwing them into a 20 meter deep disused mine shaft.
The wife died as a result of the fatal injuries sustained during the 20-meter drop while the husband is reportedly battling for his life in hospital.
According to a report by State Media, 44-year-old Masvingo businessman Obvious Nhokovedzo and his 35-year-old wife Rutendo Ndeya were robbed by four armed robbers of $500 000, US$80, R800, $15 000 in EcoCash, a Nissan Caravan, and cellphones.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident stating that:
Ndeya was pulled out of the 20-metre deep shaft lifeless and pronounced dead on arrival at Masvingo Provincial Hospital where the body is in the mortuary awaiting a post mortem. Her husband sustained severe injuries and is hospitalised.
We are still hunting for the suspects who are unknown and still at large. Investigations are continuing.
According to ZRP Masvingo, on Thursday evening Nhokovedzo returned home from Zaka at around 4 pm where he had traveled to visit his friends.
Upon entering his Target Kopje home, he was surprised to see his wife Rutendo blindfolded with her hands and feet tied and four armed men in her company.
The four suspects reportedly overpowered Nhokovedzo and proceeded to blindfold him and bind his hands and feet just as they had done to his wife.
Obvious and Rutendo were then taken into one of the rooms in the house where the assailants took away the money, debit cards, and cellphones.
After the robbery, the blindfolded couple was then taken to their Nissan Caravan, one of the suspects drove the vehicle while the other three sat in the back with the couple.
The suspects drove for about 4km along the Masvingo-Beitbridge main road and turned right into a local road and drove for about 400 meters and arrived at the mine shaft.
The police report indicates that the armed robbers first threw Ndeya into the disused mineshaft before throwing her husband.
The suspects then disappeared from the scene and are still at large.
The following day at around 12 pm a passerby heard cries for help coming from the direction of the mine shaft and made a report at Rujeko Police station leading to the recovery of Ndeya’s body and the rescue of Nhokovedzo.