Rob­ber (31) tries to rape granny (73)

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Codelia Mon­dela

A 31-YEAR-OLD man from Bu­l­awayo al­legedly broke into a 73-year-old woman’s home, stole $87 and a cell­phone at knife point be­fore telling her he had come to rape her.

The in­truder al­legedly held a knife to the old woman’s throat and roughed her up be­fore try­ing to force him­self on her.

The old woman, a pen­sioner, was so trau­ma­tised she could not face her at­tacker in court yes­ter­day.

She tes­ti­fied at the Vic­tim Friendly Court (VFC) and spoke through the cam­era.

She said the man who is her do­mes­tic worker’s brother smashed her bed­room win­dow and when she peeped out ask­ing who it was, the man told her that he had come to rape her.

“He climbed through the win­dow, took my cell­phone and dis­con­nected the land­line. He placed a knife which had a red­dish brown han­dle on my throat and threat­ened to kill me. When I tried to speak he hit me on the face,” she said.

“He shook me, pushed me onto the bed and tried to rape me, but he failed to pen­e­trate. He de­manded cash. I gave him $87 but, he said it was not enough and he started drag­ging me in the house look­ing for money in the cup­boards.”

Be­fore leav­ing, the man said: “See you again,” the granny told the court. The man pleaded not guilty to rob­bery and at­tempted rape be­fore Bu­l­awayo re­gional mag­is­trate Mrs Si­bongile-Msipa Marond­edze.

Mrs Msipa-Marond­edze re­manded him in cus­tody to Novem­ber 14 for con­tin­u­a­tion of trial.

The man said he broke into the woman’s house but de­nied at­tempt­ing to rape her.

“I only threat­ened her by word of mouth, took the money and her cell-phone. She opened the door for me and I left,” he said.

Prose­cut­ing, Miss Con­cilia Ncube said the man jumped over the el­derly woman’s fence on Oc­to­ber 21, this year around 9PM.

She said the man smashed the el­derly woman’s bed­room win­dow and got in­side the room where he pushed her onto the bed and tried to rape her.—@Mon­de­laC

peo­ple in a sov­er­eign na­tion,” said Cde Hlong­wane.

Cde Machaya said he once is­sued a state­ment plead­ing for peace in Kwekwe when peo­ple went around at­tack­ing each other with ma­chetes.

He urged party youths to re­main united and shun vi­o­lence.

“Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has taught us to be a peace lov­ing peo­ple. We can’t have peo­ple go­ing around killing each other. Let’s go back to the draw­ing board and work in unity as a party. A rev­o­lu­tion­ary party with val­ues and ethos,” Cde Machaya said.

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