Saturday, December 31, 2011

‘Haunted’ cell fear grips police station

Saturday, 31 December 2011 20:14
Edwin Mwase

Officers at Mashava Police Station are in a quandary as suspects arrested for various crimes are refusing to be detained in one of the holding cells claiming it is haunted.

It is said suspects who spent a night in the cell raised alarm after they were terrorised by what they claimed to be “strange creatures and evil spirits”.

Authorities have since responded by installing lights in all cells at the station. Still, fears abound the strange occurrences might continue.

Acting Officer-in-Charge Assistant Inspector Washington Mashizha confirmed receiving complaints from suspects. “I can confirm we received complaints.

“We have, however, already taken steps to remedy the situation.

“A pregnant woman committed suicide in the cell in the 1990s.

“That is where the fear stems from,” he said.

Reports in Mashava say the woman’s ghost constantly visits the police station.

“Tererai Mukomondo, a gold panning suspect, who was later acquitted, claimed to have seen the apparition.

“I was the only one in the cell after being arrested on allegations of gold panning. An effigy of a ‘shiny’ woman stood right in the middle of the cell in the dead of the night,” he said.

“I thought I was dreaming. However, I realised I had seen a ghost when reality set in.”

Tinashe Kwashirai, once arrested on allegations of public violence, claims to have witnessed strange happenings. “I was once detained there with other suspects.

“When we woke up the following morning, we were all sleeping on the floor.

“The blankets were neatly folded and tucked in one corner of the cell.”

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