Mutsvangwa’s son ac­quit­ted of rape

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bu­reau

NEVILLE Mutsvangwa was yes­ter­day ac­quit­ted of rap­ing a 43-year old woman at his father’s of­fices in Harare.

Harare mag­is­trate Mr Hoseah Mu­jaya ruled that the com­plainant’s ev­i­dence was poorly pre­sented.

He also ob­served that the ev­i­dence was ex­ag­ger­ated. “To the po­lice the com­plainant said she was pen­e­trated twice but in court she said once,” said Mr Mu­jaya.

“I can­not ac­cept that she is il­lit­er­ate that she can­not count to two. Can we shift the blame to the po­lice? If at all the po­lice wanted to make life easy for the ac­cused then this was a poor at­tempt.

“There are con­tra­dic­tions on whether the ac­cused re­moved the con­dom be­fore the com­plainant was made to suck his sex or­gan.

“The mo­ment the rape vic­tim be­comes un­re­li­able, the State case col­lapses. He is not guilty and hereby ac­quit­ted.”

Neville is the son of Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Mr Christo­pher Mutsvangwa.

He was fac­ing two counts of rape and ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault.

Prose­cu­tor Mr Gorge Manokore al­leged that Neville and the com­plainant used to play casino to­gether at Bor­row­dale Race Course.

On Au­gust 8 this year around 1800 hours, it was al­leged that the com­plainant met Mutsvangwa and they played casino un­til 4AM.

The com­plainant was of­fered a lift to town and Neville al­legedly di­verted the route and went to 3 San Fer­nando along Fife Av­enue.

Neville al­legedly told the woman that he had been ad­mir­ing her for a long time and wanted to have sex­ual in­ter­course with her.

He al­legedly raped the woman and forced her to suck his pe­nis.

He of­fered her $20 and she re­fused be­fore pro­ceed­ing to Harare Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion to re­port the mat­ter.

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