Man (19) ‘rapes, robs’ 57-yr-old at knife­point

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nyaradzo Bakari He tripped her to the ground onto the grass, re­moved her pants and had un­pro­tected sex with her with­out her con­sent”

A 19-YEAR-OLD man from Bu­l­awayo al­legedly raped a 57-year-old woman twice at knife point be­fore rob­bing her.

Man­dlenkosi Phiri from Old Mag­wegwe sub­urb ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Lungile Ncube fac­ing a rob­bery charge and two counts of rape.

Phiri was not asked to plead and Mr Ncube re­manded him in cus­tody to Septem­ber 26 for a trial date.

“You will be in cus­tody, but you are free to ap­ply for bail at the High court,” said the mag­is­trate.

Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Me­mory Ndlovu said Phiri raped the woman, who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons, in Pu­mula East on a bush path as well as at a house that is un­der con­struc­tion.

“On Septem­ber 9 at around 8PM, the com­plainant was on her way home from Mar­isha beer gar­den. The ac­cused grabbed her from be­hind and pro­duced an okapi knife, de­mand­ing money from her,” said Mrs Ndlovu.

“He tripped her to the ground onto the grass, re­moved her pants and had un­pro­tected sex with her with­out her con­sent. The ac­cused forcibly took the com­plainant’s Sam­sung phone and shoes.”

Mrs Ndlovu said Phiri forced the woman to fol­low him to a house un­der con­struc­tion and forced her to lie down, be­fore rap­ing her for the sec­ond time.

The court heard that the woman sought med­i­cal at­ten­tion and a med­i­cal re­port would be pro­duced as ev­i­dence in court.—@NyarieBakie

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