Zimbabwean boxer kills himself to avoid deportation

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A Zimbabwean boxer allegedly committed suicide after he was asked to leave Britain, a country he has been living in for the past 15 years.

42-year-old Bhekitshe Moyo, a former bank manager who is said to be kind, intelligent man and would always put others’ needs before his own, was found dead in a park in south London after he was declared missing on Monday.

Speculation of the death of the skilled boxer who is said to have competed in more than 50 professional matches came, after his distraught family who live in Zimbabwe, grew alarmed after noticing Mr Moyo had posted an unusual message onto his Facebook page ending with the words: “I have to sleep now. I love you all. Now be good to one another.”

Mr Moyo body was found after the Police searched homes in Wallington, Sutton. His corpse was found near Mitcham Common. It was also disclosed that the boxer spent his spare time studying for a law degree, volunteering at local boxing clubs and teaching children the sport.

A family friend Family friend Thapelo Koboto, who is working to help return Mr Moyo’s body to Zimbabwe, told the Standard: “He came here on a sports visa. “After he thought he had been here for a long time, he tried to apply for an indefinite leave to remain.”

But she said “everything changed” and he was taken to Brook House immigration centre. He was released from the immigration centre in November but the case for his deportation continued.

“It [the deportation] came as a disappointment as he thought he was doing the things the right way,” Ms Koboto said.

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