‘Ab­duc­tor’ lures girl (4) with jig­gies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A 32-YEAR-OLD man has been ar­rested for al­legedly kid­nap­ping a girl (4) af­ter lur­ing her with jig­gies.

She was res­cued by sus­pi­cious res­i­dents af­ter the two had trav­elled for about five kilo­me­tres from her home.

Shep­herd Mutsven­guri of Nku­lumane 5, Bu­l­awayo ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube charged with kid­nap­ping.

He pleaded not guilty and was re­manded to Oc­to­ber 5 for trial. Mutsven­guri claimed that the mi­nor just fol­lowed him and there was noth­ing that he could have done about it.

“She was just fol­low­ing me at her own will. I didn’t kid­nap her, your wor­ship,” said Mutsven­guri. For the State, Mr Mu­faro Mageza said Mutsven­guri al­legedly lured the mi­nor, whose name has been with­held for eth­i­cal rea­sons, on Septem­ber 16.

“On Septem­ber 16, at around 12:30PM, the ac­cused per­son lured the com­plainant by promis­ing to buy her jig­gies snacks,” said Mr Mageza.

The mi­nor com­plied and Mutsven­guri al­legedly took her to a place 5km away from her home. He al­legedly made her walk bare­footed from Nku­lumane sub­urb to Nketa sub­urb.

“The ac­cused per­son then led the com­plainant to Nketa 9, which is about 5km from the com­plainant’s place of res­i­dence,” said Mr Mageza.

The court heard that Mutsven­guri and the four year old were seen by some Nketa res­i­dents, who no­ticed that the child was not com­fort­able with the man she was trav­el­ling with.

“The ac­cused per­son and com­plainant were seen by Chin­hondo Nyaradzo, in Nketa 9 sub­urb, Bu­l­awayo, who ob­served that the two had no cor­dial re­la­tion­ship. The com­plainant seemed to be scared of the ac­cused per­son. The mi­nor was bare­footed and seemed to be de­hy­drated,” said the pros­e­cu­tor. The res­i­dent alerted an­other, Nor­bert Takuza. “Takuza and other res­i­dents al­legedly ap­proached Mutsven­guri and asked about the na­ture of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween him and the mi­nor. He al­legedly lied to them that she was his niece. Nketa 9 res­i­dents ef­fected a cit­i­zen’s ar­rest and handed over Mutsven­guri to po­lice of­fi­cers who were on pa­trol,” he said.

Mutsven­guri al­legedly led the po­lice to the mi­nor’s place of res­i­dence where she was handed over to her law­ful guardian. — @andile_t­shuma

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