A HWANGE man yesterday appeared in court facing allegations of raping and robbing a 38-year-old woman.
Shepherd Ndlovu (23) from Lwendulu village appeared before Hwange regional magistrate for the Western Division, Dambudzo Malunga, and pleaded not guilty to rape and robbery charges.
Prosecuting, Bheki Tshabalala told the court that on June 1 2013 and at around 4am, the woman, who works as a security guard, left home heading for work.
After passing Don/Bosco Technical College in Hwange, she encountered Ndlovu who was travelling in the opposite direction.
After walking for about a kilometre, the woman noticed that Ndlovu was following her and she started to run, but he grabbed her by the neck and dragged her into a nearby bush.
She fought him and grabbed his private parts resulting in him releasing her.
However, soon after emerging from the bush, she noticed that Ndlovu was again following her.
He grabbed and tripped her to the ground.
He then picked up a stone and allegedly started assaulting her on the head and face resulting in her losing consciousness before he raped her.
She later gained consciousness and discovered that her skin tight garment had been removed and her work suit was full of semen with Ndlovu standing next to her.
It was alleged that he picked up another stone and struck her on the head indicating that he wanted to kill her.
Some people walked towards them and Ndlovu stole R10 from her handbag and ran away.
The people took her to the police who ferried her to hospital.
Police nabbed Ndlovu using the description of clothing he was wearing given to them by the woman.
The T-shirt and jeans he was wearing had blood stains and he was immediately arrested.
Ndlovu told the court that his clothes had blood stains because he had been beaten up by people he had witnessed raping the same woman when he tried to interfere.
Ndlovu could not explain why he did not make a police report.