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    Mutimurefu prisoner in court for sodomising cellmate




    TATENDA CHIZU

    MASVINGO
    - A prisoner at Mutimurefu Prison in Masvingo has appeared in court facing sodomy charges after he allegedly abused another inmate.
    Hazvinei Svunurai (41) of Village 28 under Chief Ziki in Bikita appeared before Magistrate Oliver Mudzongachiso two weeks ago.
    He is alleged to have sodomised a 20-year-old inmate from Nyambiti Village in Gutu on four different times after threatening to assault and stab the complainant with a piece of wire and is alleged to have been assisted in the commission of the crime by Nesbert Rumbayegonye ( 23) who was guarding the cell door to alert when other prisoners come.
    Magistrate Mudzongachiso said he was referring the matter to High Court after the accused and his accomplice pleaded not guilty and told the Court that they had entered guilty plea because they were assaulted by the security guards.
    Svunurai is alleged to have pressed his organ and ejaculated onto the thighs of the complainant on several occasions.
    It is the State case that on unknown dates in February at Mutimurefu Prison in Masvingo, Svunurai inserted his organ between the complainant's thighs until he ejaculated twice without his consent.
    The accused used a towel to wipe away his mess.
    On other dates in February and in March 2016, Svunurai woke Chirapi and ordered him to go and sleep at his place. He then inserted his private part between his thighs and the accused did not make a report as he was afraid of being assaulted.
    The case was then reported at Masvingo Rural Police Station on March 7, 2016 which led to the arrest of the accused.
    The complainant told the court that he discussed the issue in their cell and said he was going to report to the prison officers.
    When the accused heard that, he then rushed to report himself to Officer Chirambadare and told him that he was no longer going to sodomise other men like he used to do.
    Officer Chirambadare then called the complainant who told him that he had been afraid of being assaulted that's why he was not reporting the case.
    Svunurai said the allegations were all lies and he had conceded because he was beaten.
    "The officer is lying. I'm not mad; I cannot go and report myself to the officer. He is the one who came and threatened me to accept the case so I just said I did it because he wanted to beat me up," said Svunurai.
    He said Prison officers always gave them lectures against sodomy and he therefore could not be found violating that.
    The magistrate said the case was too big since it was aggravated indecency and he referred it to the High Court.
    James Murambiza prosecuted.local news

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