Three cops rape workmate’s visitor

Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau

Three police officers stationed at the Tshituripasi Police Post in Beitbridge East have been arrested for raping an 18-year-old who had visited her aunt at the police station in June this year.
Jabulani Museba (33), Courage Majoni (32) and Enock Nyamupandu (35) yesterday appeared before Beitbridge regional magistrate, Mr Innocent Bepura.

They were remanded in custody to July 23 for a possible trial.

Mr Muchiwande Sithole of Chauke and Associates is representing the accused persons.

Prosecuting, Miss Tsitsi Mutukwa said the complainant arrived at the police station to visit her aunt in June.

On June 5 at around 1800 hours, the complainant was taking a bath in one of the bathrooms when Museba sneaked in, grabbed her from behind, covered her mouth and pushed her to the ground.

The accused person raped her once with protection.

He threatened to shoot her if she told her aunt about the incident. Museba was armed with a firearm.

The accused person left and the complainant went home and did not disclose the matter to anyone.

Further allegations are that on June 8 at around 1800 hours, the complainant was bathing in the same bathroom when Majoni sneaked in, grabbed her by the neck and covered her mouth using his other hand.

He threatened to kill her and raped her once with protection.

The court also heard that on June 13 at around 1400 hours, the complainant was alone at home when Nyamupandu called her to collect some plates.

When the complainant entered the room, she found Nyamupandu alone and he immediately closed the door.

He took a kitchen knife and threatened to kill the complainant if she ever told anyone about the incident.

The accused person pushed the complainant to the ground, removed her clothes and raped her once with protection.

The State said the sexual abuse came to light on June 29 when the complainant narrated her ordeal to her mother upon her return to Bulawayo.

Her mother accompanied her to ZRP Western Commonage and a report was made, leading to the trio’s arrest at the weekend.

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