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    I had no panty when I was raped – woman tells magistrate

    SIPHATHISIWE MATHAMBO

    GWANDA – A 51-year-old woman who was raped by a 21-year man of Dembe Village recently told Gwanda Regional Magistrate Mark Dzira that she had no underpants on the day and this gave the rapist the liberty to try all positions he wanted on her.
    The complainant who is from Mzimuni in Stanmore was raped as she came from evening prayers at her church.
    She was followed by Butholenkosi Sibanda of Demand Village under Chief Masuku who initially demanded for some money but the complainant did not have any. Sibanda tripped her from behind and she fell to the ground.
    Taking advantage of the complainant who did not have underpants on, Sibanda forced her into several sexual positions as he raped her.
    Sibanda was sentenced to 14 years in jail and two years were suspended on condition that he does not commit a similar offence.
    "He ordered me to bend down and raise my waist; he then tried another position and ordered me to kneel on the ground. When he was done with those positions he ordered me to lie down facing the ground and raped me from that position again," said the complainant.
    Sibanda refuted the allegations and said instead he was at church preparing for Passover on the day in question. However, the son of Sibanda's employer, Mthokozisi Mlalazi who was with him on the day corroborated  the complainant's story and said indeed Sibanda went after the complainant on the day.
    The State said on May 1,2018 the complainant was on her way from church at around 9pm when he was followed by the accused.
    On catching up with complainant Sibanda grabbed her from the back and she fell to the ground. He allegedly closed her mouth and ordered her not to make any noise or she risked being killed.
    The matter was reported to the Village Head Jeremiah Moyo who called the neighbourhood watch. The accused was positively identified by the complainant by the clothes he was wearing leading to his arrest.
    Mncedido Dube prosecuted.

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