A 28-YEAR-OLD Lalapanzi man was sentenced to serve a four year prison term with labour for attempting to rape a school girl when he appeared before a Gweru magistrate.
BY IVAN NDLOVU
Tapiwa Mutsauri, who is unemployed and resides in Chishuku village, was found guilty when he appeared before magistrate Musaiwona Shotgame and got a custodial sentence for attempting to rape a 19 year old school girl.
Prosecutor Bernard Nyoni told the court that on March 18 last year at around 6:00pm, the girl was on her way home from school where she was doing extra lessons.
Mutsauri followed the girl and proposed love to her, but she turned down his advances. The accused continued to follow the girl until they got to a bushy area. He then grabbed the girl’s right leg and she fell down.
Mutstauri pulled down the girl’s skirt and undergarments to knee level. The complainant screamed, drawing the attention of two men who were passing by and rescued her while Mutsauri fled the scene.
On July 3 2015 at around 7:00pm, police got a tip off that Mutsauri was at Chishuku Business Centre.Two police officers proceeded to the business centre where they arrested Mutsauri.
On being searched, police discovered the accused was in possession of a twist of dagga. Shotgame also found Mutsauri guilty of possessing the twist of dagga weighing 10 g. He was warned and cautioned for the offence.