Se­nior cop rapes teen sus­pect, of­fers her R50 HIV+ boy rapes 5 pupils, walks free

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A SE­NIOR cop al­legedly raped a 16-year-old sus­pect who was in po­lice cus­tody at Mad­lam­buzi Po­lice Sta­tion in Bulil­ima and tried to buy her si­lence with R50. As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Moffat Mu­gande re­port­edly fur ther threat­ened the ju­ve­nile with life im­pris­on­ment if she re­ported the mat­ter. The teenager and her grand­mother had been ar­rested in a case of food poi­son­ing which re­sulted in their neigh­bours be­ing rushed to hospi­tal. The po­lice of­fi­cer A FRAIL 13-year-old HIV pos­i­tive boy from Zvisha­vane, who raped five pupils one af­ter the other, yes­ter­day walked scot free be­cause of ill-health.

The Grade Seven pupil from Kwiri­rai Vil­lage in Zvisha­vane, who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons, is on Anti Retro­vi­ral Vi­ral (ARV) treat­ment.

A court heard the boy way­laid the five Grade Two pupils when they were on their way from school.

He al­legedly de­tained them at a bush, stripped them naked and raped them.

The boy ap­peared be­fore Gweru Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Mor­gan Ne­madire fac­ing five counts of rape. He pleaded guilty to all the counts. Mr Ne­madire treated the counts as one for sen­tenc­ing.

al­legedly called the girl, who was be­ing held with her 60-year-old grand­mother at the charge of­fice, in the mid­dle of the night un­der the pre­text of record­ing a state­ment.

Sources close to in­ves­ti­ga­tions said Mu­gande led the teen out of the po­lice sta­tion to a se­cluded place where he raped her.

Mu­gande, the source added, was ar­rested on Fri­day

He sen­tenced the teen to a wholly sus­pended five year sen­tence on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

In pass­ing sen­tence Mr Ne­madire said he had con­sid­ered the fact that the teenage boy was ail­ing

“I had thought of send­ing you to Hwahwa Pri­son for ju­ve­niles so that you re­ceive strokes with a rat­tan cane but I have seen a weak­ling in you. You might col­lapse while re­ceiv­ing your pun­ish­ment, thus l will sen­tence you to five years im­pris­on­ment, which are wholly sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion that you will not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence,” said Mr Ne­madire.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr An­drew Ma­rimo told the court that some­time in Jan­uary at around 2pm near Kan­dodo Pri­mary School in Kwiri­rai Vil­lage, Zvisha­vane, the ac­cused saw the com­plainants com­ing from school. Mr Ma­rimo said the boy called out to the chil­dren. “The ac­cused per­son or­dered the pupils to sit down. He then un­dressed the first vic­tim and raped her once

last week and spent the weekend in cells at Plumtree Po­lice Sta­tion.

“He was due to ap­pear at the Plumtree Mag­is­trate’s Court fac­ing rape charges but the mat­ter was placed on hold pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” said the source.

The ju­ve­nile who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons but stays in Masendu area said Ass Insp Mu­gande raped her near a dam close to Mad­lam­buzi Po­lice Sta­tion. while her class­mates watched. The ac­cused then raped the other four pupils one af­ter the other and once done, he or­dered them to go home,” he said.

Mr Ma­rimo said one of the vic­tims re­ported the mat­ter to her par­ents but they did not be­lieve her story.

He said an­other vic­tim suf­fered some pains on her pri­vate parts and re­ported to her mother who then ex­am­ined her.

“The mother no­ticed that she had been sex­u­ally abused. She made a re­port to the vil­lage head who then re­ported the rape to the po­lice,” said Mr Ma­rimo.

This led to the ar­rest of the ac­cused and the com­plainant dis­closed that her other four friends were also raped by the same ac­cused.

The com­plainants were med­i­cally ex­am­ined at Zvisha­vane Dis­trict Hospi­tal and it was es­tab­lished that they were not in­fected with any Sex­u­ally Trans­mit­ted In­fec­tion (STI) in­clud­ing HIV.

“I was picked up along with my grand­mother for ques­tion­ing on June 29 in con­nec­tion with a case of food poi­son­ing which in­volved our neigh­bours. We slept at the po­lice sta­tion and around 9PM Mu­gande woke us up and told us that he needed to record state­ments from us. We asked why since we had al­ready given our state­ments and he said it was pro­ce­dure.

“He first sum­moned my grand­mother who re­turned shortly. He then es­corted me out of the gate of the po­lice sta­tion and led me to the dam and he raped me once and he gave me R50. The po­lice of­fi­cer told me that if I re­ported the mat­ter I would rot in jail,” said the ju­ve­nile.

She said on the fol­low­ing morn­ing she and her grand­mother were re­leased from po­lice cus­tody but she re­mained quiet about the mat­ter.

The ju­ve­nile’s mother who also can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons said the mat­ter came to light af­ter she found her daugh­ter in pos­ses­sion of R50.

She said she in­quired from her daugh­ter where she had got the money .

“My daugh­ter re­fused to tell me the truth at first as she said she picked up the money. She later told me that she was raped by a po­lice of­fi­cer whom she iden­ti­fied as Mu­gande and that he gave her the money in or­der to buy her si­lence.

“I im­me­di­ately re­ported the mat­ter at the po­lice sta­tion. My daugh­ter went for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion at the Plumtree Dis­trict Hospi­tal and the re­sults showed that she was in­deed raped. It is a re­lief that she was not in­fected with HIV or im­preg­nated dur­ing the process,” said the mother.

The ju­ve­nile and her grand­mother were taken in for ques­tion­ing in a case of food poi­son­ing. A Bulil­ima granny and her four grand­chil­dren were hos­pi­talised af­ter con­sum­ing food they pre­pared us­ing bak­ing pow­der which they had col­lected from the ju­ve­nile’s grand­mother.

Po­lice Spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Ny­athi yes­ter­day said he was not aware of the mat­ter.

Asst Insp Moffat Mu­gande

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