A junior police officer stationed at ZRP Karoi Urban has been arrested for allegedly raping a 30-year-old breastfeeding woman.
Constable Shakemore Muzanechita (50) was charged with rape as defined in Section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 after he sexually violated the victim who had gone to the police station to report a gender-based violence (GBV) case.
New Zimbabwe reports that, on Saturday, Muzanechita appeared before Karoi magistrate Godwills Mavenge after his lawyer Unite Saizi of Saizi Law Chambers applied for his freedom.
Magistrate Mavenge remanded him in custody to Monday.
It is in the States case that on Thursday 27 May 2021 at around 8 pm, the woman went to ZRP Karoi Urban charge office to file a report of physical abuse against her husband and found Muzanechita on duty
The police officer attended the complainant but never recorded the matter in police books as is the procedure.
Muzanechita allegedly asked the woman who had her breastfeeding baby strapped on her back to accompany him to her residence to arrest her husband.
Upon arrival at the woman’s house in Chiedza suburb, they failed to locate the wanted person.
Muzanechita instructed the woman to leave the one-and-half-year-old baby behind as they went on a search for her husband at nearby beer-drinking spots.
The court heard that the complainant initially refused but Muzanechita insisted on her accompanying him on the hunt, resulting in her giving in to the request.
This took them to Kutepa beer outlet where they failed to locate the woman’s husband.
The duo decided to proceed to Hwata beer outlet.
En route to the drinking joint, the Muzanechita proposed love to the woman who spurned his advances.
Muzanechita insisted on the woman giving him sex so he could “thoroughly deal with her abusive husband” but the woman declined.
The court heard that a sexually charged Muzanechita grabbed the complainant’s hand, dragged her off the tarred road, and led her into a bush near Tafara Primary School.
Fearing for her life, the shocked woman failed to shout for help but only tried to stop her assailant by revealing she was HIV positive to which Muzanechita replied he had condoms.
Muzanechita then drew out a condom from his pocket and opened it using his teeth whilst still firmly holding the woman.
He lowered his trousers and boxer shorts before putting on the condom using one hand and forced the complainant to the ground.
The cop removed the woman’s trousers before having sexual intercourse without her consent.
In the midst of the act, Muzanechita removed the condom and continued raping his victim without protection, the court further heard.
After committing the crime, the police officer offered his victim shelter at his residence in Chikangwe but the woman refused arguing she had left her children unattended.
Muzanechita reportedly escorted the woman to her house.
The following morning at around 7 am, the distraught lady narrated her ordeal to a co-tenant who advised her to make a police report leading to Muzanechita’s arrest on Friday.