A policewoman based in Harare was allegedly raped by a four-man gang after being robbed and dragged into a bushy area in Graniteside before the assailants took turns to sexually attack her.
Two of the suspects, Brian Bishau (42) and Knowledge Kudejira (18), were not asked to plead when they appeared before Harare magistrate Anita Tshuma, charged with robbery and four counts of rape.
They were remanded in custody to September 14 after prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira opposed bail. Their alleged accomplices, whose identities were not disclosed in court papers, are reported to be still at large. Bishau and Kudejira were arrested early this week after police traced a mobile phone line that was part of the stolen items, ending a 10-month-long search.
According to the State, Bishau continued to use the line long after the sexual attack on the cop. However, it was not clear in court papers how he was tracked leading to his arrest, but Kudejira allegedly admitted to surrendering the line to his co-accused.
Allegations against the pair are that on October 16 last year, at around 04:45am, they stalked the female cop after she alighted from a vehicle near the Coca-Cola plant, close to the popular Masowe shrine.
It is alleged the quartet grabbed the woman and demanded all her possessions. One of the gang members reportedly grabbed her by the neck and chocked her until she lost her voice.
Further allegations are that the other three men covered the officer’s face with her jersey, lifted her up and carried her to a nearby bushy area, about 50 metres from the Graniteside quarry area.
While at the spot, the four men allegedly robbed the woman of $1,50 and a cellphone with a line before taking turns to sexually ravish her after which they disappeared.