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Doctor rape trial takes new twist


The trial of a Harare-based medical doctor accused of raping his 21-year-old patient after drugging her, took a new twist yesterday as it emerged no treatment record or drug which was administered to the woman were recovered by police.

Alfred Mamsa (56), who is being charged with allegedly raping an Africa University student, allegedly told the investigating officer, Sergeant Lucia Maganya, he had misplaced the sample of the drug.

During her evidence-in-chief, Maganya said: At the surgery we asked the accused to show us the medicine he had injected complainant with and he said he no longer remembered where it was.

We later asked him to show us the medical card he had written on treating the complainant and he said he had just treated her without making a record.

Yesterday, prosecutor Kudzai Chigwedere closed the State case and the matter was remanded to next Wednesday for the defence case.

During the State case, regional magistrate Adonia Masawi heard that the woman was injected with a drug called Dormicum Mida Zolam, which the defence claimed causes dizziness, confusion and restiveness.

Advocate Moses Mtombeni asked Maganya during cross-examination if she was aware that a patient sedated with the alleged drug becomes disoriented to which she replied:

That is known by doctors.
However, Mtombeni pointed out a number of discrepancies in the complainant and investigating officers evidence saying their information and narration of events did not tally.

Mtombeni said the woman told the court Mamsa indicated to her that he simply liked her as opposed to the officers assertion that she was told he proposed love to her when she visited his surgery.

Mtombeni also said the woman never told the court she phoned her father in the United Kingdom to report the abuse, but simply chatted with him on the phone.

But Maganya maintained the complainant got advice on the way forward from her father.

Mtombeni further argued the complainant never reported the abuse to her boyfriend even though they met on the same day after Mamsa accompanied her home.

He also queried why the woman told the court when she got home she was assisted by a certain woman to go up the stair case, while the investigating officer said the complainant was assisted by her boyfriend.

In his defence, Mamsa, who operates a surgery at Fife Avenue Medical Centre, said he never raped the woman taking into consideration she had an infection.

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