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Is Nkulumane Police Station cursed?

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Barely two weeks after robbers, suspected to be members of the police, raided a gun cabinet at Nkulumani Police Station and made off with an assortment of weaponry, another curious incident has been recorded at the station.
Misheck Muchena, a 24-year-old policeman stationed at Nkulumane, reportedly raped a woman who had been detained in holding cells for malicious injury to property.
The woman, police sources said, had been taken in for breaking a DVD player following a domestic dispute with her husband.
It is also at Nkulumane Police Station that policemen let out four suspected criminals from cells. The incident happened early this year and the rogue policemen were arrested and charged.
Facts of the matter regarding the latest incident are that last Friday evening Muchena, who was deployed to guard the police cells, went to inspect cells to check on suspects that had been detained at the station.
After checking the male cells, Muchena reportedly proceeded to the female cells. Upon opening, he discovered there was one female suspect detained for the night.
Police sources said Muchena then proceeded to where the complainant was sitting.
“He then started talking to the complainant and in the process fondled the woman’s breasts.
“The complainant queried what was happening but Muchena threatened that he would beat the complainant should she continue asking questions and making noise,” said a source.
It is at that juncture that the complainant complied with Muchena’s orders as she feared she could be harmed.
Muchena then reportedly raped the complainant three times throughout the night inside the holding cell.
The sources said as he was moving out of the cell, Muchena dropped his Nokia 1100 mobile phone which the complainant immediately took and concealed.
“She dialled her husband on the phone to alert him of what had happened but the phone did not have talk time,” the sources said.
The complainant made a report to the police who began duty the following morning, leading to Muchena’s arrest.
Although efforts to get a comment from police spokesperson Bhekimpilo Ndlovu proved futile as he was said to be out of the office, court officials told NewsDay yesterday the case was still with the police since the suspect and the complainant had been taken to hospital for medical tests.
“The whole idea is to establish whether this thing really happened. The doctors would have to check whether there was any penetration on the woman’s private parts and then check the circumstances of that penetration,” said a court official who declined to be named.
Muchena is expected to appear in court soon.

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