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.