A FILABUSI man who allegedly robbed and then raped a woman with a baby strapped on her back, appeared at the Gwanda regional Magistrates’ Courts on Saturday facing rape and armed robbery charges.
Themba Moyo (26) of Qhubekani village under Chief Maduna in Filabusi, pleaded guilty to robbing the 27-year-old woman, but denied raping her when he appeared before regional magistrate Joseph Mabeza.
He was remanded in custody to Tuesday next week for judgment.
Regional prosecutor Johannes Tlou said on July 2 2013 at around 6pm, the complainant was walking home from Silalabuhwa with her baby on her back when Moyo came from behind and greeted her.
He passed his victim and walked for about two kilometres before stopping and asking the victim for a cellphone.
She declined, but later surrendered it after being slapped hard on the cheek.
It is alleged that Moyo then picked up a stone and ordered the woman to go into the bush threatening to kill her if she resisted.
Moyo demanded money and was given R700 before allegedly ordering the victim to remove her trousers and bend. He raped her.
The complainant told the court that she was forced to clutch her baby on her back after the child cried when she put her down.
The matter was reported to the police, leading to Moyo’s arrest.
The woman’s Samsung cellphone valued at R500 and a belt were recovered from Moyo while his old pair of shoes was used in court as evidence.
Moyo said he had used part of the money he stole to buy a new pair of shoes and had abandoned his old shoes.