A FAKE police officer from Nkulumane suburb in Bulawayo was last week brought before the courts facing indecent assault charges after he allegedly fondled a 12-year-old girl.
This came to light when the man, Talent Mangura Chakanyuka (35), appeared before Western Commonage provincial magistrate Willard Mafios Moyo, where he was charged for contravening Section 67 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded out of custody on free bail to February 3 for continuation of trial.
“I do not admit to the charges levelled against me,” Chakanyuka said.
“I only went to their place to look for her aunt who was not there. I would not have feelings for such a young girl.”
Prosecutor Mufaro Mageza told the court that Chakanyuka faked being police officer to Cecilia Magumeni, whom he befriended.
Magumeni, the girl’s aunt, then invited him over to their home regularly, until one day when he allegedly visited them in the absence of the aunt.
Chakanyuka knocked at the door and was attended to by the girl, who told him her aunt was not around, but he said he had a secret to share with the girl.
“He held my hand and dragged me towards him before fondling my breasts and buttocks,” she explained.
“I never shouted because I was scared of him, but I told him to stop and he asked for a hug and went away.”
The girl did not report the matter to her aunt, but instead told her school teacher, a Mrs Makalinga, who called the girl’s mother in Chivhu and told her of the incident.
Magumeni said she received a call from the girl’s mother instructing her to take her child to her brother-in-law’s wife in Nketa.
“I did not know what had happened, but when they told me, I reported the matter to the police,” she said.