The younger brother of the recently arrested “skeleton thief” committed suicide some days after going into hiding in the mountains upon learning that his sibling had been apprehended.
The skeleton thief, Norman Chagwiza, made waves when it was revealed that he had been arrested while robbing people. Chagwiza is alleged to have terrorised people in Gutu by robbing them while clad in a skeleton costume. Since Chagwiza carried out his crimes at night, most of his victims were terrified by his costume, thinking that he was a ghost or a reanimated skeleton.
Chagwiza’s younger brother, Musiiwa Gondoro is reported to have gone into hiding when he learned that his now-notorious sibling had been arrested. It is suspected that Gondoro was involved in his brother’s shenanigans and feared being arrested on multiple counts of housebreaking and robbery.
After three days of hiding in the mountains, Gondoro committed suicide by hanging himself on Monday. His body was removed by the authorities on Tuesday morning. Before his death, Gondoro is reported to have instructed his wife not to reveal how they acquired some of their household property.
Gondoro’s wife Spiwe Dandira told local tabloid H-Metro
“He told me not to tell anyone and if I am asked about the batteries we have, I had to tell them that he bought them.
“He told me to go home and that he would come and have his food.
“Unfortunately he was found by his friends while hanging from a tree in the mountain.”
She also said that he had been acting cagey ever since his brother was arrested.
“Since the day his step-brother was arrested for housebreaking, he has not been stable before he decided to move to the mountain which became his new home.
“When I asked him what was going on he could not give a reasonable answer which led me to be suspicious.”
One of his friends also confirmed that Gondoro was living in fear of being arrested.
“From the time his brother was arrested, he knew he was next as the police were trying to recover everything and apprehending the suspects.