MPANDAWANA – Six villagers from Manjengwa, Mubaiwa, Gondongwe and Nyanda villages under Chief Serima were recently arrested for assaulting and kidnapping a police officer and his girlfriend.
The men had accused Yahroostaggae Chiwara (29) and Ruvimbo Moyo (16) of having sexual intercourse in their car near Matizha business centre.
Elisha Maburutse (29), Munashe Mudzamiri (31), Innocent Mapfumo (24), Artwell Hozherai (19), Hillary Nyanda (28) and Last Tavarwisa (24) were charged for kidnap and assault.
They pleaded not guilty and were remanded in custody to August 24 for trial.
State facts are that on August 07 this year at around 20:00 hours, Chiwara and Moyo were seated in the car near Matizha business centre when the six accused persons confronted them.
They accused them of having sexual intercourse in the vehicle and told them that they were under arrest for that.
Chiwara then lowered the driver’s window in a bid to respond to what the six were saying but he was pulled out of the car through the window, with Moyo being prevented from escaping.
The six started to hit Moyo and Chiwara with open hands and booted feet several times, with accused number one and three later undressing them and tying them with a canvas rope.
They paraded the two naked persons inside the car and started taking pictures of them. They later drove them to Moyo’s homestead where the two were locked in the hut and beaten with open hands on the back.
A team of police officers and army personnel then arrived at that place after a tip off to rescue the two and the six were arrested.
Samuel Magobeya prosecuted.local