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Rape in Zimuto police camp


A policeman has been dragged to the courts on allegations of raping his 13-year-old niece from 2006 to early January this year.

Cleopas Tarusarira (31), whose rank was not given, allegedly committed the crime at Zimuto police camp.

Tarusarira appeared before magistrate Thomas Mandityira on January 13 and was remanded out of custody to February 25 on $50 bail.

Prosecutor Joseph Nyamapfeni told the court the accused was staying alone with his niece and he sexually abused her on numerous occasions.

The cop would allegedly threaten to assault his victim if she dared report the abuse to anyone.

Luck, however, ran out for the policeman when his wife noticed the girl behaving abnormally.

She interrogated her, resulting in the alleged offence coming to light.

The cop’s wife reported the matter to his colleagues leading to his arrest.

This incident comes hardly a month after another policeman, Tonderai Njanike (26), appeared in court for allegedly raping a four months pregnant suspect in the charge office in exchange for her freedom.

Njanike (26), of Rujeko high-density suburb, whose rank was not given, was granted $100 bail by magistrate Learnmore Mapiye.

Prosecutor Dorothy Mwanyisa told the court that on November 17 last year, Njanike was on duty in the charge office when the woman who had been arrested on allegations of theft requested to visit the toilet and the policeman escorted her.

Upon arrival, Njanike unlocked the door and the complainant entered to relieve herself.

Njanike allegedly followed her and told her that he wanted to strike a deal with her to set her free.

Njanike then allegedly raped the woman twice before she fled to the charge office.

The complainant’s theft trial has been suspended to pave way for the finalisation of the rape case.

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