A SUSPECTED serial rap_ist Gilbert Mugodi, 48, was Thursday brought to court facing eleven rap_e counts involving separate victims without using protection before ejacu_lating in their mouths and forcing them to swallow his sem_en.
He appeared before Harare magistrate Richard Ramaboa who remanded him in custody after advising him to approach the High Court for bail.
The State told the court, Mugodi also claimed to be a Satanist and on one occasion he allegedly took turns to rap_e a victim with his other three accomplices who are still on run.
He would pose as a taxi driver using a Toyota Raum registration number ABH 2877 before approaching unsuspecting victims.
One victim was allegedly rap_ed near Boka Tobacco Auction floors after which he forced her to suck his manhood.
In another count, the complainant boarded Mugodi’s car at around 7pm on May 23 this year from Highfield to Budiriro.
On the way, Mugodi told the complainant that he wanted to pick up a friend at Olivine Industries before they proceeded to Budiriro and she accepted as transport was scarce due to the lockdown.
When they arrived at Olivine Industries, Mugodi told the complainant he was a ‘Satanist’ and human trafficker, but on that day, he didn’t want to spill blood so she had to comply with what he was going to say.
Mugodi ordered her to remove her trousers before rap_ing her. She pleaded with him to use protection but he refused. He also stole her US$25 before he dropped her near Mashwede Complex along High Glen road.
She reported the incident immediately.
On another day, the State alleges Mugodi was driving from Machipisa to Mufakose when he approached a woman whom she offered transport but went on to rap_e her along the way. He told the victim he felt sorry for her as some people wanted to kill her for ritual purposes.
On 11 August, the State at around 5pm, the complainant was looking for transport at Mapuranga bus stop along High Glen Road to Chitungwiza when Mugodi approached her on foot, asking where she was going.
He was told him she travelling to Chitungwiza before he went to get a car, this time a Toyota Wish which had five other passengers. Three passengers disembarked before they got to Chitungwiza.
The complainant was left with Mugodi and another man who is currently at large, and they turned into Hopley Road and drove to Ushewokunze informal settlement where he parked the vehicle in a bushy area. Immediately, three men arrived wearing black red and green garments and carrying large clay pots.
Mugodi reportedly told the three men that he wanted to sacrifice the complainant and threatened to put her in the clay pot. Later, the four men later took turns to rap_e the complainant in the car and threatened to kill her when she shouted for help.
After rap_ing her, Mugodi searched her pockets before stealing US$550, and a mobile phone, and dragged her out of the car and driving off. She was helped by passers-by who called her father.
On August 23, the complainant’s mother discovered that her phone was being used on the social media platform, WhatsApp and the number was tracked leading to Mugodi’s arrest who was positively identified by the complainant.
Sebastian Mutizirwa prosecuted.