Uncle ‘drugs, rapes’ niece

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Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Court Reporter
A BULAWAYO man habitually drugged his 17-year-old niece and raped her, a court heard.

Luckson Mangwiro (41) of Queens Park West suburb appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya facing rape charges.

He was remanded out of custody to August 31 on $100 bail. Mangwiro was ordered to reside at his given address and to report twice at Queens Park Police Station Station as part of the bail conditions.

Mangwiro is married to the complainant’s aunt and the girl used to stay with them.

Prosecuting, Mr Nkathazo Dlodlo said sometime in 2014 on three different occasions, Mangwiro allegedly offered his niece drinks which she consumed and immediately became weak and dizzy. He then allegedly raped the complainant.

The court heard that on an unspecified date and month in 2014, Mangwiro entered the kitchen where his niece was cooking on two different occasions and fondled her breasts.

During the same year, Mangwiro’s wife went to church and left the complainant and their children in the custody of the accused person.

Mangwiro offered his niece a drink and she drank it after which she felt dizzy and slept. The court heard that when she woke up a few hours later she felt pain on her private parts and there was also blood coming out.

“On the second occasion, the accused person arrived home at around 8PM and he asked the complainant to brew tea for him. He then asked her to collect a drink from his car, which he offered her,” said Mr Dlodlo.

Soon after drinking the liquid, the complainant felt dizzy and slept on the couch. She woke up the following morning and experienced pain on her private parts.

On the third occasion, Mangwiro arrived home at around 9PM and his niece gave him supper. The court heard that at around 11PM the accused person walked into his niece’s room and offered her a drink and she refused.

Mangwiro insisted and the girl ended up taking a few sips after which she felt dizzy and fell asleep.

When she woke up the following morning she felt pain on her private parts. She became suspicious and notified her aunt but she did not believe her story.

On August 16 last year, the victim visited her other aunt during school holidays and narrated her ordeal. The victim refused to return to the accused person’s house.

The court heard that on August 15 this year, her mother quizzed her on whether she was still a virgin or not and the victim revealed that she had been raped by her uncle. A report was made to the police, leading to the arrest of Mangwiro. — @mashnets.

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  • chrogic

    Is this teenage naivity or stupidity how does one continue to drink after several strange experiences akomana changamukai mhani!!!

    • DONALD TRUMP Jnr

      ndosaka zvazonzi she became suspicious and notified her aunty wch means for the previous 3 times she didnt know kut the drink was the cause for her private parts pain

  • libertyatliberty

    Njabulo:libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.Whilst no one condones rape,this case is very difficult to execute.The reason being that the evidence which the prosecution is relying on is not strong to incriminate the accused.If the drink in question was taken to a laboratory and tested to prove that it contained some intoxicating substances,then the prosecution could be having a strong case against Mr Mangwiro.All what the prosecution is relying on is hearsay evidence which cannot be proved beyond reasonable doubt.That the girl is no longer a virgin,is not evidence enough to to prove that the accused raped her.A lot of girls can be found not to be virgins even without having had sexual intercourse with any man.lt could be a results of sports and other activities.So,in my view l do not think the prosecution will succeed due to lack of credible evidence.Above all ,the girl did not catch Mr Mangwiro in performing the act in question.The only count of this case which can hold water is that of touching her breast.Again that too can be rebutted by the defence as is her word against his word.She could have fabricated the story for other reasons best known to her.

  • Brutal Truth

    Why remand this animal out of custody?He is facing a serious offence that carries a stiff penalty & will certainly skip the country