Rape sus­pect de­mands trial date

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube Matutu

A RAPE sus­pect yes­ter­day de­manded a trial date from a Plumtree mag­is­trate af­ter com­plain­ing that he has been lan­guish­ing in re­mand prison for the past eight months.

Mpilo Ng­wenya (29) told Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon, that he had stayed for too long at Plumtree Prison with­out be­ing fur­nished with a trial date.

“Can I have a trial date Your Wor­ship be­cause I’ve been in re­mand for the past eight months? Each time I come to this court I’m just given an­other re­mand date and not a trial date,” said Ng­wenya. Mr Phile­mon re­ferred the ques­tion to the State. In re­sponse, Mrs Rose Sibanda told Ng­wenya that his docket had been submitted to the Bu­l­awayo Re­gional Court and he would be get­ting a trial date soon. Ng­wenya was fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody to Au­gust 17. He ap­peared on ini­tial re­mand at the Plumtree Mag­is­trate’s Court in Novem­ber last year fac­ing rape charges.

Al­le­ga­tions against Ng­wenya are that in Novem­ber last year in Masendu area in Bulil­ima, he forcibly had sex­ual in­ter­course with his 20-year-old girl­friend who lives within the same neigh­bour­hood.

Ng­wenya al­legedly in­vited the woman to his house and per­suaded her to spend the night in his homestead. She re­fused and Ng­wenya locked his bed­room hut and raped her once. — @DubeMatutu

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