A Mabvuku woman was allegedly gang raped by five men while she was waiting for transport at a bus stop. The victim was hit with a brick on the head and collapsed. She was dragged into the bush and raped. The criminals also stole her valuables worth US$120.
One of the suspected rapists, Douglas Nevanji (20) – who was positively identified by the complainant – yesterday appeared in court charged with rape and robbery. His accomplices were on the run.
Magistrate Mr Donald Ndirowei remanded him in custody to June 25. He advised him to apply for bail at the High Court as the lower court has no jurisdiction over third schedule offences like rape.
Prosecutor Mr Farai Gatsi alleges that on May 18 at around 7pm, the complainant was waiting for transport at a bus stop when she was hit by a brick on the back of her head and fell down.
Nevanji and his accomplices dragged her to a bushy area where they took turns to sexually abuse her. Nevanji was identified by the complainant at Mabvuku Police Station where he was detained for another case of robbery.
Meanwhile, a 27-year-old Mufakose man allegedly raped his niece as payment for waking her up to study. The girl was preparing for her Ordinary Level exams.
The man yesterday appeared before the same magistrate facing three counts of rape, indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault. He was remanded in custody to June 25 with instructions to apply for bail at the High Court.
It is alleged that sometime in November last year the accused slept in the dining room and the complainant in the kitchen. The complainant asked his uncle to wake her up at midnight so that she could study.
The accused raped the girl after waking her up to read. He said he was not going to leave the room until she kissed him but the complainant refused. He forcibly kissed the girl before raping her.
The complainant alerted the uncle's girlfriend but she took no action. The uncle was later arrested after a relative informed the police.