Video record rapist lashes out at mag­is­trate

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Than­deka Moyo

A VILE rob­ber and rapist serv­ing a 20-year sen­tence was back in court yes­ter­day for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing a woman and record­ing the sick­en­ing sex at­tack on video.

Xolisani Nkala (30) of Bulawayo ap­peared be­fore re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Chrispen Mberewere who de­ferred the mat­ter in­def­i­nitely as the com­plainant did not turn up in court.

The post­pone­ment of the mat­ter did not go down well with Nkala who launched into a tirade against the ap­palling con­di­tions in prison.

He said in­mates were ex­posed to dis­ease, hunger and over­crowd­ing.

But Mr Mberewere told Nkala the case would pro­ceed by way of sum­mons, trig­ger­ing an­other out­burst from the in­mate who has served only one year of his sen­tence.

“We’re suf­fer­ing in prison with no food and med­i­ca­tion. We keep spread­ing dis­eases and noth­ing is done to help us as if you want us to die there,” said Nkala.

“Don’t treat us like that. We’re per­ish­ing in pris­ons and treated as if we’re not ci­ti­zens of Zim­babwe,” he yelled.

“Even Je­sus died for sin­ners like us and why must we be sub­jected to such in­hu­mane treat­ment?”

Mr Mberewere stemmed the tirade by ex­plain­ing to Nkala that the mat­ter had been de­ferred be­cause the com­plainant did not turn up in court.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Paida Zen­geni al­leged that some­time in 2013, Nkala, who pre­tended to be a tout to lure his vic­tims, led a woman to a vehicle on the pre­text that it was bound for Gwanda.

“The woman got into the vehicle and the driver drove off along Harare Road. Re­al­is­ing that the route taken by the vehicle was not head­ing to Gwanda, she asked the driver who told her that he wanted to col­lect a spare wheel from an undis­closed place,” said Ms Zen­geni.

“The driver drove along Harare Road un­til he reached Fort Rixon turn off. He then asked Nkala and the woman to dis­em­bark.”

She said Nkala took the woman to a nearby bush and de­manded her phone and money threat­en­ing to kill her if she didn’t com­ply.

“In fear, the woman gave Nkala R400 and her Nokia phone. He also or­dered her to un­dress and the woman com­plied be­fore Nkala pushed her down,” said Ms Zen­geni.

“Nkala put on a con­dom and raped the woman while record­ing the at­tack. Af­ter­wards he ran away into the bush leav­ing the woman at the scene.”

The woman re­port­edly walked back to­wards Bulawayo and was picked up by a mo­torist in Ntabazin­duna.

“She was led to United Bulawayo Hos­pi­tals where she made a re­port at the po­lice post”. — @thamamoe.

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