AN alleged rapist reportedly tied his victim, raped her four times before falling asleep, giving the complainant enough time to escape and inform neighbours.
REPORT BY KHULANI NKABINDE
Inyathi villagers then teamed up and arrested the assailant who had allegedly raped the 29-year-old woman last December.
This came to light yesterday when the alleged rapist, Brian Dube (32) of Siganda area, Inyathi, appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Chrispen Mberewere facing four counts of rape.
Dube is being charged with rape as defined by Section 131 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
Prosecutor Marlvin Nzombe for the State told the court that on December 30 last year, the complainant retired to bed with her two sons aged seven and three.
“She did not lock or bolt the door from inside. During the night, the accused got to the complainant’s homestead and pushed the bedroom door open to gain entry,” he said.
“While inside, he went to the bed where the complainant was sleeping, pressed her on the ground and while holding her tight by the neck, he then threatened to kill her and tied both her hands with his shirt.
“He also tied her on to the bed and stuffed a piece of cloth in her mouth to stiffle her screams.”
Nzombe said the accused then allegedly tore the complainant’s underwear and raped her four times in succession.
“After the fourth time, the accused fell into deep sleep giving an opportunity to the complainant to untie herself,” he said.
“She then ran to inform her neighbours who teamed up and proceeded to her homestead where they found the accused still in deep sleep and arrested him.”
Nzombe said the complainant made a report at a police station the next day and the villagers then handed the alleged rapist over to the cops.
“On January 2 the complainant was examined by a doctor who issued a medical report which can be produced in court as an exhibit,” he said.
Mberewere remanded Dube in custody to May 19 for trial.