‘Sa­mar­i­tan cop’ rapes maid

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Belinda Moyo Sunday News Re­porter

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer sta­tioned at ZRP Don­ning­ton, Bu­l­awayo has ap­peared in court for al­legedly rap­ing his maid af­ter lur­ing her to a lodge on the pre­text of want­ing some help to carry goods.

He ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mrs Si­bonginkosi Mkandla charged with rape as de­fined in Sec­tion 65 (1)(a) of the crim­i­nal law cod­i­fi­ca­tion and re­form Act Chap­ter 09:23. He was not asked to plead to one count of rape, and was re­manded out of cus­tody on bail to 10 Septem­ber for con­tin­u­a­tion of trial. Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Con­cil­iar Ncube said on 7 June, the cop lured his maid into the city cen­tre af­ter ly­ing to her that he wanted some help in car­ry­ing some goods.

The court heard that he then led the maid to a lodge at Cor­ner 2nd Av­enue and Her­bert Chitepo Street.

When they got to the lodge, the maid ques­tioned why they were in a room but he re­sponded by grab­bing her, pulled her into the bed and raped her. She re­ported the mat­ter to po­lice lead­ing to the cop’s ar­rest.

Mean­while, a man from Pu­mula North who al­legedly raped a men­tally dis­turbed woman on the pave­ment along Her­bert Chitepo Street es­caped a jail sentence af­ter he was found not li­able to crim­i­nal ca­pac­ity due to his men­tal state.

It is al­leged that a po­lice of­fi­cer Tendai Dlakama who was driv­ing along Her­bert Chitepo at around 4am spot­ted Bu­sani Bradley Mnindwa (27) in a com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion with a woman who was seem­ingly strug­gling to free her­self.

When the po­lice­man stopped to in­ves­ti­gate, Mnindwa ran away but the po­lice of­fi­cer chased him and ap­pre­hended him. When he was ini­tially brought to court, re­gional mag­is­trate Mrs Si­bonginkosi Mkandla or­dered that he be ex­am­ined by a psy­chi­a­trist since he ex­hib­ited signs of be­ing men­tally chal­lenged.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr N Mawere’s re­port which was pro­duced in court, Mnindwa is suf­fer­ing from schizophre­nia, a men­tal dis­or­der that usu­ally ap­pears in late ado­les­cence or early adult­hood and could not ap­pre­ci­ate what he was do­ing.

“It is from this find­ing that the ac­cused should not be held li­able for his con­duct due to crim­i­nal in­ca­pac­ity,” said Mrs Mkandla.

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