Rape acquitted man ‘fondles sister-in-law’

Melody Baya Court Reporter
A BULAWAYO man who was recently acquitted of attempted murder and rape, was dragged to court for indecently assaulting his sister-in-law.

Edson Phiri, 31, of Sizinda suburb appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Abednico Ndebele for indecently assaulting his 37 year old sister-in-law.

He allegedly lowered his trousers and rubbed his manhood against her backside, while she was talking on the phone with his wife.

Phiri was not asked to plead and Ndebele remanded him in custody to December 8.

He pleaded not guilty.

“I never committed the offence I’m being accused of by my sister- in-law,” said Phiri.

Prosecuting, Mufaro Mageza said on November 24, 2015 at around 2PM the woman was at home with Phiri and his nephew.

“Whilst the complainant was in the dining room talking to the accused person’s wife on the phone, accused person came from behind and held her by the waist with his pants down to his knees. Accused person rubbed his penis on the complainant’s buttocks,” said Mageza.

In April this year, Phiri- dubbed the blood hunter- appeared in court for allegedly attempting to rape a 66-year-old woman at Ingozi Mine Squatter Camp in Bulawayo. He allegedly cut the woman with a knife on the throat before stabbing her in the chest and abdomen.

Yesterday, he told prosecutors he was acquitted of the crime.

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