Mutsvangwa’s son heart­less: pros­e­cu­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fun­gai Lu­pande Harare Bureau

THE case in which Neville Mutsvangwa (36) is ac­cused of rap­ing a 43-year-old woman con­tin­ued yes­ter­day with the court con­duct­ing an in­spec­tion in loco of the of­fices where the al­leged of­fence was com­mit­ted.

Neville al­legedly raped the woman at his fa­ther, Christo­pher Mutsvangwa’s of­fices at Num­ber 3 SanFer­nando along Fife Av­enue in Harare. Neville’s lawyer Mr Har­ri­son Nkomo re­quested for the in­spec­tion to prove that the 43-year-old woman had con­sented to the sex­ual in­ter­course.

Mr Nkomo in­sisted that the door to the of­fice when locked can only open from out­side.

“The com­plainant was able to run away be­cause the door was open. There was no way he could have closed the door be­cause no one was around to open for them.Be­cause the pair was en­gag­ing in acts of the dark­ness, the ac­cused did not want em­ploy­ees to find them there the fol­low­ing morn­ing.”

The com­plainant in­sisted that the door was closed and be­cause it does not open from in­side she could not run away.

“The ac­cused locked all the en­trance doors and how was I sup­posed to run way,” she said. This par­tic­u­lar door he used keys to open it from in­side.”

The pros­e­cu­tor Mr Gorge Manokore closed his case af­ter the in­spec­tion in loco. Mr Nkomo ap­plied for dis­charge.

In his ap­pli­ca­tion he said the State’s case was full of un­cer­tain­ties and no court act­ing care­fully can con­vict.

“The com­plainant failed to ex­plain the re­la­tion­ship she had with the ac­cused. She said her re­port was not a di­rect re­sult of rape but be­cause she was forced to suck her own men­strual blood. There are con­tra­dic­tions in her tes­ti­mony and state­ments to the po­lice. She is not a re­li­able wit­ness.”

Mr Nkomo said the com­plainant is seven years older than the ac­cused and weighs 93 kilo­grams but did not do any­thing to re­sist the abuse.

Mr Manokore in his re­sponse said it was un­be­liev­able that the door to an of­fice can­not be opened from in­side not even with a key.

“Is that of­fice a chubb? Was the com­plainant able to run away un­der those cir­cum­stances?” asked Mr Manokore. Even if the com­plainant’s moral val­ues are ques­tion­able the ac­cused was heart­less to make her eat her men­strual blood. He should be put to his de­fence”

Harare mag­is­trate Mr Hoseah Mu­jaya will make a rul­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion for dis­charge to­day.

Neville is fac­ing two counts of rape and ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault charges. It is al­leged on Au­gust 8 this year around 1800 hours the com­plainant met Neville and they played Casino un­til 4AM.

The com­plainant was of­fered a lift to town and Neville di­verted the route and drove to his fa­ther’s of­fice. He al­legedly forced her to suck his man­hood. Neville al­legedly raped the woman and af­ter notic­ing that she was on her men­strual pe­ri­ods forced her to suck the blood stained con­dom.

He ejac­u­lated in her mouth, it is al­leged. He of­fered her $20 and she re­fused and re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.

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