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Girl, 3, fatally struck by ‘speeding’ vehicle

A young girl was struck and killed by a vehicle while she attempted the cross the road opposite Lavendale site office, near Nkulumane suburb in Bulawayo on Tuesday.

According to the police report, the incident happened around 6pm.

 Bulawayo police provincial spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident.

“On the 12th of January 2021 at around 1800 hours, the man who was driving a private motor vehicle hit the pedestrian, a female juvenile aged three years who was crossing the road due South, using a footpath as she attempted to cross the road and she died on the spot,” said Inspector Ncube.

He said the accused driver’s vehicle did not sustain any damages and was towed to ZRP Nkulumane awaiting inspection by VED.

The body of the deceased was ferried to United Bulawayo Hospital.

Inspector Ncube said ZRP Nkulumane traffic attended the scene and the cause of the accident was due to the driver’s negligence and travelling at an excessive speed.

“Under the circumstance a charge of contravening section 49 (A) of the criminal law codification and reform act, chapter 9:23 culpable homicide is being preferred against him,” he said.

Meanwhile, in another incident Bulawayo police have arrested a 32-year-old, Prisca Ndlovu from Nkulume suburb after she was found in possession of suspected stolen property.

“On the 12th of January 2021 at around 0357hours, ZRP Donnington roadblock team was on duty at the intersection Plumtree road and Masiyephambili drive, Bellevue. The Police officers stopped a blue- Honda fit registration number ADS 2232 which was being driven by one of the accused person Kenneth Sibanda National Registration 29-242535N-29 a male adult aged 35 years residing in Nkulumane 5, Bulawayo,” said Inspector Ncube

“The vehicle had two other passengers namely Prisca Ndlovu NR 08-827042K-28 a female adult aged 32 years residing in Nkulumane 5 and Albert Tshuma NR 39-2002524 Z-56 a male adult aged 23 years”.

He said the police officers interviewed the three on why they were violating curfew regulations and they disembarked from the car and began to run away.

The police gave chase and arrested Prisca Ndlovu.

“Their vehicle was searched and the following property which is believed to be stolen was found: 14 inch Samsung plasma tv, a 33 inch Samsung plasma tv,32 inch Sony Bravia plasma tv, Guolusheng Mp3 digital player, an open view decoder, open view power code, three Samsung tv remote controls, a mercer remote control, Sony remote control, OHD open view decoder, one remote control with no name, bright sign solar torch, Rayovac torch, willo 3.5 solar panel, 15w spiral bulb, baby blanket, a brown and black satchel,  pair of black safety shoes, bolt cutter, crew driver, two wheel spanner, red towel, yellow pliers ,  two 500g zimgold margarine, white tray with open 5kg Texas package with some pieces of chicken meat inside, tax bag with beef meat,” said Inspector Ncube.

He said the accused person Prisca Ndlovu was referred to CID Hillside where she was detained.

“On the same day at around 0620 hours, a report of unlawful entry and theft was received. The complainant reported that she had lost a 32-inch sony bravia plasma tv, 15 kg beef which was in the fridge in a grey plastic paper bag, black Samsung cell phone, Sony tv remote control without back cover, black solar light rectangular shape with a handle with a front light and its charger in a break in at her residence”.

Inspector Ncube said ZRP Donnington attended the scene and found out that the accused persons used an unknown object to force open the dining room window, gained entry into the house and proceeded to the lounge room where they stole the above-mentioned property.

He added that the preliminary investigations conducted indicated that the property recovered from the Honda fit at the roadblock match with the property which was stolen at a house in Sulgrave road, Montrose, Bulawayo..

“Total value stolen is US$360-00 and US$300-00 was recovered. The recovered property is booked at ZRP Donnington. Investigations are in progress to make sure that there are no other cases connected to these two accused persons,” said Inspector Ncube.

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