‘Rapist’ caught redhanded paraded in village

A PLUMTREE man who was caught raping a 14 –year-old girl was tied with a rope by the juvenile’s father who paraded him in the village before handing him over to the police.

This came out when Washington Sibanda (20) of Ndiweni village in Bhagani area under Chief Mpini appeared before Plumtree resident magistrate, Mr Taurai Manwere, facing rape charges.

He was not asked to plead and remanded in custody to January 2.

Sibanda was also advised to apply to the High Court for bail.

“I didn’t rape her; we had made arrangements that we engage in sexual intercourse as she was my girlfriend,” he said.

The girl, who was in Form One this year and cannot be named for ethical reasons, admitted in a statement that she was in a relationship with Sibanda.

She however, denied having consented to be intimate with him.

“He proposed love to me and I agreed. We came to our house and got into my room. He sat at the edge of the bed and called my name and I answered him. He then got into my blankets and removed his clothes and had sexual intercourse with me once and gave me a packet of biscuits before he went away. On the day in question he came and was apprehended by my father who had heard him getting into my room,” she said.

The prosecutor, Mr Rose Sibanda, told the court that sometime in November, Sibanda went to the girl’s homestead during the night and entered her room through an unlocked door.

While inside the accused allegedly sneaked into her blankets and raped her once. After allegedly raping her, he gave her a packet of biscuits and went away.

On Friday last week at around midnight, Sibanda went back to the girl’s homestead and raped her again.

He was apprehended while still in the act by the girl’s father who had heard his foot-steps as he walked to his daughter’s bedroom.

Sibanda was tied with a rope on both hands and legs until sunrise when he was paraded in the village.

He was later handed over to the police.

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