Fugi­tive sodomite ar­rested af­ter po­lice sta­tion visit

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AN un­re­pen­tant teenager from Ka­ma­tivi who had evaded the po­lice for three years af­ter sodomis­ing his girl­friend’s nine-year-old daugh­ter was ar­rested on Christ­mas Day when he went to a po­lice sta­tion to re­port a case of as­sault.

Gift Mwinde, now aged 19 and re­sid­ing at Num­ber C5 Ka­ma­tivi Com­pound in Hwange Dis­trict dis­ap­peared in 2015 af­ter break­ing into his girl­friend’s house through a bed­room win­dow and sodomised her ju­ve­nile daugh­ter.

Mwinde was 15 when he com­mit­ted the crime and the girl is now 12. Her mother’s age was not given.

Mwinde vis­ited his home area in Ka­ma­tivi on Tues­day to cel­e­brate Christ­mas Day.

He had a mis­un­der­stand­ing with James Chuma over a mem­ory card and the lat­ter struck him at the back of the head with an axe. Badly in­jured, Mwinde stag­gered to Ka­ma­tivi Po­lice Sta­tion to file an as­sault case against Chuma but alert cops ar­rested him over pend­ing charges of un­law­ful en­try and in­de­cent as­sault com­mit­ted in 2015.

Mwinde pleaded guilty to un­law­ful en­try and in­de­cent as­sault when he ap­peared be­fore Hwange mag­is­trate Ms Bar­bara Phiri yes­ter­day. He told the court that he en­tered the bed­room be­cause he had an ap­point­ment with the com­plainant’s mother but found her not at home. The mag­is­trate sen­tenced Mwinde to a combined 24 months in jail and sus­pended two months for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour. De­spite the pre­vi­ous cases, the mag­is­trate said Mwinde has an op­por­tu­nity to re­form as a youth hence a shorter jail term. The as­sault case against Chuma is yet to go to court. Prose­cut­ing, Ms Loness Maseko said Mwinde is a re­peat of­fender who had been con­victed twice for theft, once for as­sault and once for rape, all in 2015. At that time, pass­ing of sen­tence was post­poned for five years on the theft and as­sault cases be­cause Mwinde was still a ju­ve­nile. He was given four strokes with a rat­tan cane for the case of rape. Mwinde also has other pend­ing charges of un­law­ful en­try and theft which he com­mit­ted in July 2015 when he al­legedly stole a purse with $80.

“On Christ­mas Day in 2015 and at 11pm, Mwinde went to the com­plainant’s place of res­i­dence and en­tered the bed­room through a bro­ken win­dow. In­side the com­plainant and other chil­dren were sleep­ing in the ab­sence of their mother. The girl was awak­ened by Mwinde who had started re­mov­ing her panties,” said Ms Maseko.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the girl screamed as she turned to check who it was but Mwinde threat­ened to as­sault her.

The com­plainant com­plied and looked aside out of fear.

Mwinde had just in­serted his man­hood on the girl’s back when he heard her mother’s voice with some neigh­bours ap­proach­ing. He jumped and bolted out through the win­dow.

The girl nar­rated her or­deal to her mother who made a re­port to the po­lice. Mwinde fled from Ka­ma­tivi. Po­lice ar­rested him on Christ­mas Day when he showed up as an as­sault vic­tim.

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