One of the three soldiers accused of way laying a 'prostitute' in Warren Park suburb, before taking turns to rape her without using protection, was yesterday remanded in custody by a Harare magistrate, pending trial.

The accused, Selection Gotekote (22) was not asked to plead to the charges of rape, before magistrate Milton Serima yesterday, and is due back in court on October 27. His accomplice, Romeo Moyo (age not given) has already appeared in court, facing the same charges.

According to court documents, on October 9 at around 0030 hours, the complainant (name withheld) was approached by Gotekote, at Golden Nest night club in Warren Park 1 suburb.

The court heard that, the accused solicited for sexual favours from the complainant, and the pair proceeded to a near-by building for commercial sex. Gotekote engaged in a consensual sexual encounter with the complainant and later paid $5 for her services.

However, the complainant was summoned by Gotekote on her way back to the night club, saying that he had lost his phone. She came back and Gotekote suddenly became violent after exhausting all means of getting back his phone and went on to assault the complainant, the court heard.

In the ensuing fracas, Gotekote's workmates joined in and further assaulted the complainant. The court further heard that, efforts by onlookers to restrain the rowdy soldiers proved futile, as they were not spared either.

The accused and his accomplices allegedly took the complainant to a bushy thicket near the National Heroes Acre, where they took turns to rape the complainant without using protection. The gunmen are said to have 'raved' the thigh vendor very hard that her 'juicy' money making tool immediately ran dry and swollen after the bushy sex act.

A police report was later filed by the complainant, leading to the arrest of Gotekote in connection with the offence, while one of the alleged accomplices is still to be apprehended.

My Zimbabwe news managed to get a comment from a source who reportedly was an eye-witness during the melee. According to the source, who only identified himself as Travour, the alleged prostitute had reportedly stolen the cellphone indeed before giving it to a security guard who works at a local supermarket for 'safe keeping'.

"She first denied stealing the phone but after being heavily beaten the prostitute revealed that she had given it to the security guard. Akarohwa akafenda. People then poured water on her in a bid to resuscitate her. The gunmen went to the security guard whom they heavily assaulted too before they recovered their cellphone. Well I'm not too sure about the rape issue but what I know is that we spotted her (the alleged prostitute) giving the security guard some money, maybe as a token of appreciation, but the soldiers took that money from the guard as well as their cellphone after giving them a beating of their lifetime," he said.

"These prostitutes are in a 'short time base' deal with these security guards. When a prostitute brings her client, she pays US$1 to the security guard who them allows them to have one or two rounds of sex in the premises where the guard will be manning. It's very common here in Warren Park because lodges are expensive," he added.

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