Female rapists face trial

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Three Gweru women accused of sexually attacking male hitchhikers in search of semen, are today expected to stand trial at the Harare Magistrates Court if forensic examination results are made available by the State.

Sisters Sophie (26) and Netsai Nhokwara (24) Rosemary Chakwizira (28) and their male co-accused Thulani Ngwenya (24) yesterday briefly appeared before regional magistrate Fadzai Mthombeni, who remanded them to today for trial.

All the accused were accompanied by their lawyers Dumisani Mthombeni and Arnold Taruvinga.

But the trial failed to materialise after prosecutor Tapiwa Kasema requested for the postponement, saying he was expecting forensic results from South Africa which were due to arrive in the country yesterday.

We are yet to serve the defence with court papers and the forensic evidence will be served to them tomorrow (today), Kasema said.

But Mthombeni, who is representing sisters Sophie and Netsai Nhokwara together with Ngwenya, submitted in the event the State failed to proceed to trial, he would apply for his clients acquittal.

The four are out on $300 bail each. The women are suspected to be part of a syndicate of female rapists who went on a rampage along the countrys major highways, raping men at gunpoint.