Hooker ‘pick­pock­ets’ man’s salary, loses phone to thieves

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Re­porter

A BU­L­AWAYO woman al­legedly lost her cell phone to three men who pre­tended to be com­ing to her res­cue as she screamed for help while a man tried to rape her.

The trio, a court heard, grabbed the woman’s cell­phone and left her at the mercy of Moses Dube (47), who al­legedly went on to rape her.

Dube yes­ter­day told the court the woman made up the rape ac­cu­sa­tion after pick­ing his pocket and get­ting away with his en­tire salary.

The court heard how Dube fol­lowed the vic­tim as she left Siphi­lanz­ima bar in Dou­glas­dale where she was drink­ing with her two friends. Dube pleaded not guilty to a rape charge. Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Miss Eve­lyn Mashavakure re­manded him to Septem­ber 17 for con­tin­u­a­tion of trial.

e woman did not show up at court to tes­tify. Prose­cut­ing, Mr Sim­barashe Manyiwa told the court that on Septem­ber 2 at around 8.30PM, the vic­tim was drink­ing beer with her friends.

“Ac­cused per­son fol­lowed her when she left the bar. He asked to have sex with the com­plainant but she re­fused. He in­sulted her ask­ing why she was re­fus­ing to have sex when she was wear­ing a short dress,” said Mr Manyiwa.

“Ac­cused used an un­known ob­ject to hit the com­plainant on the head. She screamed out for help and three men came to the scene. The three took her cell phone and ran off. Ac­cused stabbed com­plainant on the thighs then raped her.”

Dube de­nied the al­le­ga­tions say­ing the woman is a known pros­ti­tute and he ap­proached her for sex ser­vices.

“She charged me $5 for short time. I told her we would look for change after hav­ing sex and she agreed.

“She left me at the bar claim­ing she wanted to see some­one. I de­cided to look for change while I waited for her to re­turn. That was when I re­alised I had no money left on me,” said Dube.

He said he had all his salary of $250 in his shirt pocket.

“I asked around from my friends if they had seen her around the bar but they all said they last saw her with me. It struck me then that she had taken my money and ran away. I tried to look for her at her house but she was not there. This thing of rape and los­ing a cell phone is a lie.

“Your Wor­ship hon­estly if she had been raped I’m sure she would have been here to tes­tify for her­self. But her ab­sence shows that she is ly­ing.” — @ tan­nytkay.

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