Police in Lupane in Matabeleland North have arrested two cousins who allegedly kidnapped, detained a 13-year-old girl for three days and took turns to rape her.
Both John Mpofu (20) and Nkosiyapha Sibanda (26) reside in Sentethe village but in separate homesteads under Chief Mabhikwa.
Prosecutor Clive Gumbo told the court that Mpofu allegedly raped the girl, who cannot be mentioned, three times in three days at his place of residence where he had detained her. Gumbo told the court:
On August 15, Mpofu forcibly took the complainant to his place of residence where he locked her up in a bedroom hut and detained her. He had sexual intercourse with the complainant without her consent over the three days.
The girl managed to escape on the third day and on her way home she met Sibanda who dragged her to his place of residence accusing her of fleeing from Mpofu’s homestead.
Upon arrival at his home, Sibanda allegedly took the juvenile girl to his bedroom hut where he forcibly had sexual intercourse with her once.
The girl was rescued by her relatives who had been searching for her.
The matter was reported to the police leading to the arrest of the duo.
NewZimbabwe reports that the duo separately appeared before Lupane resident magistrate Ndumo Masuku on Friday and was not formally charged with rape.
The magistrate remanded the two accused in custody to September 9 and advised them to apply to the High Court for bail.