18-yr-old beats up, rapes granny (52)

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

AN 18-YEAR-OLD man from Umguza in Mata­bele­land North is on the run after he al­legedly as­saulted a 52-year-old granny and raped her while she was un­con­scious.

Ob­vi­ous Ncube (18), who lives at In­tubeni Farm un­der Chief Deli, al­legedly stripped the woman naked and left her tied to a tree for about seven hours.

The el­derly woman was on her way to church when Ncube pounced at around 11AM on Satur­day.

He al­legedly threat­ened to stab her to death with a knife her if she told any­one about the sex at­tack.

The woman, from Umguzane Block, only got help from passersby at around 6PM.

A vil­lager, Mr Nondo Moyo, said Ncube, a no­to­ri­ous thug in Nya­mandlovu, as­saulted the woman be­fore rap­ing and strip­ping her naked.

“The crim­i­nal has no shame at all; hav­ing the guts to rape and even go on to strip a woman old enough to be his grand­mother.

“She was lucky to be dis­cov­ered by some vil­lagers who used the path deep in the bush be­cause she could have died of hunger or been eaten by wild an­i­mals,” he said.

Mr Moyo said Ncube ap­proached the el­derly woman from be­hind and struck her on the head with a knobker­rie. He said the granny fell to the ground, un­con­scious. “He dragged her for more than 50 me­tres into the bush where he raped her once be­fore re­mov­ing her clothes.

“The crazy young man tied both the woman’s hands and legs with shoe laces and used part of her clothes to tie her onto a tree be­fore flee­ing from the farm,” Mr Moyo said.

An­other vil­lager only iden­ti­fied as MaTshuma said it was sad to find a stark naked old woman tied to a tree.

“Men of to­day have lost their morals be­cause to do all that to a per­son from the com­mu­nity that he lives in is dis­gust­ing.

“This young man has done many bad things but be­cause he’s a feared char­ac­ter, the com­mu­nity has never made se­ri­ous ef­forts to have him ar­rested,” said MaTshuma.

“We don’t know his per­ma­nent home but ev­ery time he com­mits a crime, he van­ishes from the vil­lage and when he resur­faces, no one pays at­ten­tion.

“We hope this time po­lice will catch the thug and have him sent to jail be­cause he has be­come a threat to the com­mu­nity.”

Mata­bele­land North po­lice spokesper­son Sergeant Na­mati­rai Mashona said she was look­ing for the re­port.— @win­nie-masara.

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