Gang of five at­tacks cops

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

FIVE Bu­l­awayo men al­legedly at­tacked three cops at a po­lice base, stripped one of them and at­tempted to rape her be­fore rob­bing the trio of $80.

Two of the as­sailants, Mbon­isi Moyo (31) and Ed­more Moyo (30) both of Old Pu­mula Sub­urb yes­ter­day pleaded not guilty to rob­bery and at­tempted rape.

Thu­mani Sibanda and Bhekimpilo Khu­malo have al­ready been con­victed of the of­fence while an­other gang mem­ber, Menzi Dube is still at large.

Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya re­manded the duo in cus­tody to Novem­ber 9 for trial.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Tau­rai Hon­doye­moto said the gang of five ap­proached the cops on Fe­bru­ary 26 at around 1AM as they manned a po­lice base near Amakhosi Cul­tural Vil­lage.

“The ac­cused per­sons al­leged that they wanted to re­port a rob­bery that had oc­curred at cor­ner Ma­sot­sha Ndlovu Av­enue and Loben­gula Street. They ad­vised the com­plainants to light their torches since it was dark. They fur­ther asked them to take their fire arms since their al­leged as­sailants were armed,” said Mr Hon­doye­moto.

He said upon re­al­is­ing that the po­lice of­fi­cers had no guns and their light­ing was poor, they drew okapi knives and two sets of hand­cuffs be­fore at­tack­ing them.

“One of the of­fi­cers ran out of the tent and Mbon­isi chased him. As they wres­tled, Ed­more came wield­ing an okapi knife which he used to cut the of­fi­cer’s pocket. He took $20 and a Huawei cellphone. The of­fi­cer man­aged to break loose and fled to­wards Makokoba Town­ship.”

Mr Hon­doye­moto fur­ther al­leged that Sibanda and Khu­malo dragged the fe­male of­fi­cer to a thicket at a nearby drainage ditch.

They threat­ened to stab her if she screamed and or­dered her to re­move her anti-riot po­lice trousers but she re­fused.

“The two ac­cused had al­ready low­ered their shorts and un­der­wear to knee level. They as­saulted the com­plainant us­ing a log claim­ing that they would kill her if she kept re­fus­ing to com­ply. Ed­more ap­proached the three and tried to throt­tle the of­fi­cer with a stick. He stole $5 from her pocket and snatched her neck­lace.”

Mr Hon­doye­moto told the court that the third of­fi­cer man­aged to flee and called the mother sta­tion which dis­patched a dog sec­tion squad and man­aged to ar­rest Sibanda and Khu­malo at the scene where they were still try­ing to rape the of­fi­cer. Dube, Ed­more and Mbon­isi es­caped. An okapi knife and a size eight shoe be­long­ing to Khu­malo were re­cov­ered at the scene. — @tan­nytkay

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