Kidnap And Rape Couple Arrested

Police have arrested a Shurugwi couple who allegedly kidnapped a 14-year-old girl before the wife assisted her husband to rape the juvenile.

The duo was identified as Daniso Sibanda (52) and Vongai Hunwe (28) of Ruzive village under Chief Banga in Shurugwi.

Hunwe invited the girl to her home on the pretext that she wanted to give her wild fruits. On arrival, she called her husband who was herding cattle. The husband demanded to have sex with her but the girl refused. That was when the wife held the girl while the husband raped.

The girl allegedly bled as she was still a virgin but the couple threatened to harm her if she made any noise.

After committing the crime, the couple reportedly gave the girl 50 cents and wild fruits to buy her silence.

However, the complainant reported the matter to a neighbour who then accompanied her to the police where a report was made leading to the couple’s arrest.

They appeared before Gweru regional magistrate Mrs Phatekhile Msipa facing rape charges and were remanded in custody to June 4 after pleading not guilty.

Meanwhile, police in the Midlands are concerned over an increase in rape incidents involving minors.

Acting Midlands Provincial spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende urged parents and guardians to monitor their children’s movements and ensure that they are always around people whom they trust.

More: Chronicle

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Shurugwi formerly Selukwe is a Town located in Midlands Province in Zimbabwe. It is 350km away from Harare and 37km SE of Gweru. Shurugwi was established in 1899 on Selukwe goldfield, which itself was discovered in the early 1890s not long after the annexation of... Read More About Shurugwi

Midlands Province is one of the ten provinces in Zimbabwe. It has an area of 49,166 square kilometres (18,983 sq mi) and a population of 1,614,941 according to the 2012 census.It is home to various peoples. The province also has a blend of Shona, Ndebele,... Read More About Midlands

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