Train in­spec­tor caught in rape storm

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Wynne Zanamwe Mid­lands Re­porter

A NA­TIONAL Rail­ways of Zim­babwe (NRZ) lo­co­mo­tives in­spec­tor was yes­ter­day hauled to court for al­legedly rap­ing a woman that he had given a lift in his car.

Ran­ganai Mhere (36) sta­tioned in Gweru, ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Ms El­iz­a­beth Nago fac­ing one count of rape.

The mag­is­trate did not ask him to plead and re­manded him out of cus­tody to Septem­ber 7 on $ 50 bail.

Mhere in his grounds for bail claimed that he had con­sen­sual sex­ual in­ter­course with the com­plainant since they are lovers.

Pros­e­cu­tor, Miss Ellen Mutema told the court that on Au­gust 5 around 4PM, Mhere met the com­plainant who was walk­ing down the fly over along the Gweru-Bu­l­awayo road.

Miss Mutema said the com­plainant asked Mhere for di­rec­tions to a cer­tain road. “The ac­cused told the com­plainant that he knew the road she was look­ing for and asked her to get into his car,” she said. The court heard that in Mhere’s ve­hi­cle was an­other male pas­sen­ger who dropped off at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion.

“Mhere pulled off the road and started fondling the com­plainant’s breasts be­fore mov­ing out of the car and go­ing to the pas­sen­ger side were the com­plainant was. The ac­cused per­son opened the car door and went for the com­plainant’s legs which he pulled and re­moved her trousers be­fore rap­ing her once be­fore he took the com­plainant to her sis­ter’s house,” Miss Mutema said.

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