Trial date for ‘gang rape’ kombi driv­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo

TWO Bu­l­awayo kombi driv­ers were yes­ter­day ar­raigned for al­legedly tak­ing turns to rape a Form Three pupil.

An­drew Phiri (21) and Bhekimpilo Phakathi (31) both from Old Loben­gula sub­urb al­legedly raped the girl in June.

The pair ap­peared be­fore se­nior re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Tra­nos Utah­washe fac­ing rape charges. He re­manded them in custody to Au­gust 23 for com­mence­ment of trial.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Robin Mukura al­leges that on June 8 at around 7PM, the girl was in a kombi head­ing to Old Loben­gula, driven by Phakathi.

“When they got to Njube Road in­ter­sec­tion, the two driv­ers stopped her from get­ting off the kombi. When they reached Siyepham­bili Drive, Phakathi parked the car on the road­side,” said Mr Mukura.

It is al­leged that Phiri grabbed the girl and pulled down her skirt and raped her once while Phakathi cov­ered her mouth to pre­vent her from scream­ing.

“Af­ter he fin­ished, they ex­changed and Phiri cov­ered the girl’s mouth while Phakathi raped her once.

“The two then kicked the girl out of the kombi and drove away,” he said.

Mr Mukura said the mat­ter came to light when the girl was taken to school by her aunt to find out why she had not been at­tend­ing school.

“She then nar­rated her or­deal to her coun­selling teacher and aunt and they ac­com­pa­nied her to Njube Po­lice Sta­tion where they made a re­port.

“The girl was taken to hospi­tal for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion.” — @thamamoe.

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