A 24-year-old woman from Kwekwe was saved from rap_e by her men_strual periods but her friend was unfortunate, a court heard.
This came to light at Gweru magistrate court when the complainant testified that the rap_ist initially wanted to rap_e her friend but he found out that she was having her men_strual periods and went on to rap_e the complainant.
The accused person, Patrick Chakuwamba (29) of Mucheri village, Chaka in Mvuma was slapped with an effective 18 and half years in prison before Midlands regional magistrate Pathekile Msipa after he was found guilty of rap_e and robbery charges.
Chakuwamba had denied the charges claiming that they knew each other with the complainant because she was his pr0stitute from Kwekwe.
He was convicted after a full trial and sentenced to 25 years in prison however seven and half years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
It is the State’s case that on May 19, 2011, the complainant and her friend met the accused person at Chicken Slice Complex in Mvuma where they were seeking transport to Beitbridge.
The accused offered them transport then they boarded his vehicle and he drove off towards Masvingo.
On approaching the 223km peg along Harare-Masvingo road, the accused pulled off the road and disembarked. He armed himself with an iron bar and took an electrical cable from the bonnet of his car.
The court heard that the accused inserted his fingers into the complainant’s friend’s privates to see if she was telling the truth about having men_strual periods.
The accused then tied the friend with an electrical cable and ordered the complainant to lie down on the back seat of the car and rap_ed her once using a cond0m. After 30 minutes of rest he rap_ed her again but without using a cond0m.
The accused person went on to threaten the complainant and her friend by demanding cash and all valuable goods they had and he was given 25 dollars, 2 pairs of trousers, 2 Samsung cellphones phones and a bottle of perfume. The accused threw them out of his vehicle and drove off. Total value of good stolen was $120 and nothing was recovered.
Kelvin Guveya represented the State.