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MBABANE – The speculation and finger-pointing in the circumstances leading to the murder of an Asian at Park View Heights in Mbabane is over.

This follows the arrest of his countryman Delowar Gazi Bangladesh who now stands accused of having a hand in his countryman’s murder. He is not only facing a murder charge, but is further accused of having robbed the deceased. Delowar Gazi Bangladesh, a 28-year-old Bangladeshi national, made his first court appearance before Mbane Senior Magistrate Nonhlanhla Dlamini. The first count according to the charge sheet stated: “In that upon (or about) the 28th March 2019 at (or near) Mbabane Park View Heights in the Hhohho Region, the said accused person did wrongfully, unlawfully and intentionally hit one Sarwar Hossain with a dumb-bell once on the head inflicting a fatal wound from which the said Sarwar Hossain died of and thus commit the said offence.”


In the second count, the accused person was charged with robbery. The charge sheet stated: “In that upon (or about) the 28th March 2019 at (or near) Mbabane Park View Heights in the Hhohho Region, the said accused person did unlawfully and with intent to induce submission to Sarwar Hossain by threatening him and did take and steal from him the following items valued at E19 000, his property or in his lawful possession and did thereby rob him (sic).” The stolen items were a black Samsung J7 valued at E3 500 and a black Samsung S+8 valued at 15 500. Dressed in blue denim jeans, brown sandals and a black leather jacket, Bangladesh arrived in court at around 10am. The accused was handcuffed and surrounded by a number of police officers in plain clothes. Also present was a fellow countryman who had been brought to court to interpret for the accused as it was disclosed that he had difficulty understanding English. The accused was told to return to magistrates court on Thursday, April 18, 2019 and his trial is set to take place at the Mbabane High Court.


Sarwar Hossain, who was 38 years old at the time of his passing, was a businessman who was known to love his privacy and liked being alone in his apartment, according to Gazi Mohhamed Forhad, who said the deceased had been his friend. One of the deceased’s friends, Forhad, in an earlier interview said, “I tried to ask him on numerous occasions to come and live with my family since we have a huge house but he refused.” Forhad said he suspected Hossain had been murdered due to the head injury he assumed was inflicted using a blunt object. He also had said he suspected that the killers were trying to rob him, since he used to operate three shops. “He always carried money with him so I suspect that the killers wanted cash, that is why they killed him,” he narrated.

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