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Teen fights off would-be rapist

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Nqo­bile Tshili

A 16-YEAR-OLD pupil at a Bu­l­awayo school fought off a pi­rate Honda Fit driver who wanted to rape her by stab­bing him with a pen be­fore kick­ing his pri­vate parts.

The teen boarded a black Honda Fit near Chris­tian Broth­ers Col­lege on Sun­day on her way home to Fa­mona sub­urb.

Po­lice have since launched a man­hunt for the driver. Bu­l­awayo act­ing po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube said the teen boarded the pi­rate taxi at about 8:30AM.

He said the driver sud­denly drove off the main road and tried to force him­self on the girl.

The driver, said Asst Insp Ncube, tar­geted the teen as she was the last pas­sen­ger to drop off the pi­rate taxi.

“The driver dropped his other two pas­sen­gers along Luanda Road and in­stead of pro­ceed­ing to the teen’s place, he drove to­wards Ar­gyle Road where he parked his ve­hi­cle at the edge of the road. The sus­pect got out of the ve­hi­cle and tried to strip the com­plainant naked,” he said.

Asst Insp Ncube said the girl bravely fought the man and man­aged to es­cape af­ter kick­ing the rapist’s pri­vate parts.

“She stabbed the man with a pen on the arm. As he stag­gered back­wards, she kicked him on his pri­vate parts. She then es­caped as the man lay on the ground writhing in pain. She made a re­port and Hill­side Po­lice Sta­tion is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

He said po­lice were hunt­ing for the driver of an un­reg­is­tered black Honda Fit ply­ing eastern sub­urbs routes.

“The driver was wear­ing a blue work suit driv­ing an un­reg­is­tered Honda Fit. We’re ap­peal­ing to any­one who might have in­for­ma­tion that may lead to the lo­ca­tion of the driver and his ve­hi­cle to come for­ward,” he said.

Asst Insp Ncube urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to avoid board­ing pi­rat­ing un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles say­ing some of them have been linked to heinous crimes in the city.

In July po­lice recorded 91 cases of plain rob­beries in Bu­l­awayo, with 69 of them be­ing linked to pi­rat­ing Honda Fit driv­ers. — @nqot­shili

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