Bulawayo: AN unlawful entry and theft suspect cheated death in a police cell in Nyamandlovu after his partner in crime allegedly throttled him and attempted to hang him.

Thethelani Masango (20) has been hospitalised under police guard following the attack on Saturday.

Baki Tshuma (32) of Stand Number 5, Gwayi Area, in Nyamandlovu was allegedly angry with Masango for implicating him in an unlawful entry and theft case they had allegedly committed the previous day.

Later during the night while in police cells, Tshuma attacked Masango with fists, accusing him of implicating him in the theft case.

He assaulted him several times before he attempted to strangle him. He tried to hang him using strips that he tore from a blanket. Masango screamed until police officers on duty heard him and rushed to his rescue.

Tshuma now faces two counts, unlawful entry and theft and attempted murder.

Matabeleland North police spokesperson Inspector Siphiwe Makonese confirmed the incident.