Suicide over stolen phone

A 21-YEAR-OLD Form Four learner at Ruhwerimwe Secondary School in Makoni District committed suicide last week after being accused of stealing a fellow student’s cellphone.

Andrew Mawone of Mupambawahle Village vehemently refuted the allegations and could not handle the pressure of being accused of committing the offence.

Teachers, fellow pupils and his own parents were all convinced that Mawone had stolen the cellphone.

Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Norbert Muzondo confirmed the suicide and said Mawone was found hanging from a guava tree.

“On November 17, Andrew was at home with his father when he was approached by a Form One student and her uncle. The student accused Mawone of stealing her phone at school during examination time.

“Mawone denied the allegations, but his father insisted that he should return the phone as he had been seen with a similar cellphone.

“Mawone highlighted that the cellphone he had been seen holding was his friend’s, adding that he had returned it. However, Mawone’s father advised the aggrieved party to make a police report,” said Inspector Muzondo.

After the other student and her uncle left, Mawone disappeared into a nearby bush and did not return home that day.

His body was found by his brother the following morning hanging from a tree.

A report was made to the police.

No foul play is being suspected.

Manica Post

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