Alick Macheso’s Star Dancer Majuice’s Rape Trial In New Twist

Alick Macheso’s Star Dancer Majuice’s Rape Trial In New Twist



The trial of Sungura powerhouse Alick Macheso’s star dancer Selemani “Majuice” Mpochi has taken a new twist after his defence applied for discharge at the close of the state’s case.

The 34-year-old dancer is on trial for allegedly raping his 17-year-old girlfriend late last year. According to the state, Majuice allegedly raped his minor girlfriend after picking her up from a party and plying her with alcohol.

However, Majuice’s lawyer, Arshiel Mugiya called for the magistrate to dismiss the case without his client being put to his defence. The defence lawyer is arguing that the state’s case is weak and that the complainant’s evidence is unreliable.

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H-Metro reports that Mugiya made the application for discharge shortly after the 17-year-old’s mother seemed to nail Majuice in her testimony. The mother told the court,


“I’ve forgotten the date, but she told me that she had gone for a party and she was offered a lift by Majuice who then took her to a certain place in Kuwadzana.”

“She got home around 7-8 pm and when I asked her where she was, she just said she had faced transport problems.

“I tried talking to her advising her that it was bad for a girl child to walk by herself at night, but she appeared drunk and that’s when I decided to leave her alone. The next morning she spoke to a certain man, who is a life coach, and he was the one who texted me and advised me that my daughter had been raped the previous night.”

Following the mother’s testimony, Majuice’s lawyer called for the case to be dismissed, attacking the victim’s character and how she had reported the case. In his application, Mugiya said,

“…when it comes to rape there are certain guidelines that must be followed.  The report must be made timeously to a person the complainant trusts, the report mustn’t be a result of duress, undue pressure or as a result of the complainant being quizzed, it must be made voluntarily.

“The complainant was expected to have made the revelation to her mother after she was asked where she was. The complainant lied to her mother and gave certain explanations which are on record.

“She is a wayward child who goes against her parents, who drinks beer and sleeps with men, invites men to pick her from home and when she’s confronted, she finds an easy way out, which is lying.”

The prosecution, on the other hand, opposed the application for discharge, saying it had managed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.  Magistrate Mhene remanded the matter to January 27 for ruling.

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