A Harare man was found dead yesterday in a parked car in the Avenues area which has a reputation for being a red-light district.
According to the local tabloid, H-Metro, the cause of the death had not been established by the time of publishing but the police suspect that he might have been murdered by ladies of the night.
The man who could not be identified bled from the nose before his death
Security personnel who spoke to the publication said that they had first noticed the car parked around 7 pm and it was still there when they locked the gate around 11 pm.
Stanley Beza told the paper that, ”The car parked between 7pm and 7:30 pm so we decided to leave it because we thought it would soon go.
”Around 11:30 pm when we were locking the gate the car was still there but we did not go close to check why it was still there.
”When we woke up in the morning it was still there so we checked and saw a man seemingly sleeping,” he said.
He added that upon the discovery they called the police.
”When the police came they checked for his particulars and everything was in the car. The doors were not locked and the keys were on the ignition, his phone was also there, though it was off. The policeman then called the number which was on the agreement of sale of the car.”
The first police man to arrive at the scene said he searched the man when he saw he was dead to check if he had a phone or any form of identification.
”When I arrived I checked his pulse, though the way he was lying on the seat showed that he was dead. He had his phone but I did not find his wallet or licence. I searched the whole car until I found the agreement of sale of the car and then I called the number which happened to be the wife’s number,” he said.
Meanwhile homicide detectives who arrived at the scene suspected that the crime had been committed by ladies of the night roaming the area.