The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

BULAWAYO, Satur­day, Septem­ber 22, 1991 — A 4-year-old En­tum­bane girl was snatched from a room where she was sleep­ing with five other peo­ple by an uniden­ti­fied man who later raped her less than 200 me­tres away from her home on Thurs­day night.

The in­ci­dent took place at about 11PM, ac­cord­ing to the girl’s grand­mother who came face-to-face with the man out­side the room in which her grand­daugh­ter was sleep­ing. He held the girl un­der his arm and the woman did not re­alise then that the child was her grand­daugh­ter, she said.

Po­lice in Bulawayo yes­ter­day con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said the mat­ter was be­ing treated as rape and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der way.

Re­lat­ing her grand­daugh­ter’s or­deal, the grand­mother said she was awak­ened by a con­sis­tent howl­ing sound sim­i­lar to that made by a pos­sessed per­son and she went to in­ves­ti­gate while her hus­band dressed up.

“When I opened the door, I met the man stand­ing out­side the en­trance to the spare bed­room which opens out­wards and I thought he was a wizard and started cry­ing for help,’’ she said.

She said the man started to run. He jumped over the du­rawall around the house and into the next yard with her hus­band in hot pur­suit but he failed to catch up with him.

The dis­traught grand­mother said that on her hus­band’s re­turn, it was then dis­cov­ered that her four-year-old grand­daugh­ter was miss­ing but they were puz­zled over how the man had en­tered the locked room, snatched the girl and left the door locked with­out dis­turb­ing the other oc­cu­pants.

“The man was putting on a black jacket with dou­ble vents and grey trousers, was short with a big head and un­kempt hair,’’ she said.

Some neigh­bours had found the girl about 200m from the house and less than two me­tres from an­other house. The child had been sex­u­ally abused and was bleed­ing.

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