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Another ‘mini-skirt tout’ arrested


ANOTHER “mini-skirt tout” was yesterday arrested on charges of stripping a woman at Fourth Street commuter bus terminus on December 12, police have confirmed.


National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said Blessing Chinokudza (31) was arrested following police investigations.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Policehas arrested one of the touts implicated in the stripping and molesting of a woman at Harare’s Fourth Street Commuter Rank on 12th December 2014,” Nyathi said in a statement.

“Blessing Chinokudza (nicknamed Soja) was arrested yesterday. This brings to two the number of touts that have so far been arrested in connection with this case.”

Police last week arrested one of the touts, Marvellous Kandemiri (32), who was also implicated in the stripping of the same woman at the terminus.

Kandemiri was the first to be arrested after a leaked video footage capturing the drama went viral on social media networks.

In the alleged video, the woman was taunted and physically abused by several men with others pulling down her undergarments.
Kandemiri was remanded in custody to January 12.

In another statement, chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the case of the “miniskirt touts” did not need police to just rush into arresting as there were certain procedures to follow.

“We wish to point out that in investigating such and similar acts of criminality, the police do not just jump to carryout dragnet arrests,” Charamba said.

“There are certain procedures that are followed to ensure that innocent people are not unlawfully caught in the net. It should also be borne in mind that in investigating matters with video evidence, the police will always want to plug all the loopholes that may be available to accused persons in as far as admissibility of video evidence is concerned in our courts of law.”

In an unrelated matter, five more people died yesterday in separate road accidents across the country bringing the holiday death toll to 91.

“A total number of 91 people have died while 635 have been injured,” Nyathi said.

He said police had impounded 2 796 vehicles and had issued out 118 337 tickets for various traffic offences.

Police have mounted roadblocks along major highways around the country.

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