TWO touts suspected of having stripped a Harare woman at Fourth Street bus rank last month will continue languishing behind bars after they were yesterday further remanded to January 26.
Marvellous Kandemiri and Blessing Chinodakufa, who are facing charges of indecent assault, were ordered to remain in remand prison when they briefly appeared before magistrate Milton Serima for routine remand yesterday.
Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira requested that the case be further postponed as the amateur video that was shot during the incident was not yet ready for presentation in court.
“The investigation officer is busy converting the video footage so that it can be played in court. He is also preparing separate copies to be served to the defence counsel,” said Mashavira.
The court heard that on December 12 last year, the complainant arrived at Fourth Street bus terminus in Harare with the intention of boarding a commuter omnibus to Ruwa. While at the terminus, the two accused persons and their alleged accomplices, still at large, started taunting her accusing her of being a prostitute.
The court heard that an unidentified man tried to shield the woman from a group of touts that was charging towards her, but was overpowered. In the commotion, the accused persons and several other touts allegedly pulled the complainant’s dress, exposing her undergarments, and hurled insults at her.
Efforts by the complainant to cover up her exposed body yielded no results as the group allegedly continued assaulting her. She tried to hide in a parked commuter omnibus, but the rowdy group pulled her out of the vehicle and continued assaulting her.
The unrelenting attacks only ended after the complainant had sought refuge in another commuter omnibus which immediately drove away from the scene.
The accused were later apprehended by police after a public outcry.