Police Officer Rapes Woman At Police Station
A Bulawayo based Zimbabwe Republic Police officer was arrested after he allegedly raped a woman at a police station.
iHarare has learned that 31-year-old Phinias Shava who is stationed at Hillside Police Station appeared in court facing two counts of rape.
Online publication CITE Zimbabwe reports that Shava pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Bulawayo Magistrate Rachel Mukanga. The magistrate released the police officer on ZWL$10,000 bail and remanded him out of custody to April 15, 2021.
The magistrate also warned Shava not to interfere with state witnesses and to report at Mzilikazi Police Station every Friday.
Outlining the state’s case against the police officer, the prosecutor revealed that the crime occured when Shava was assigned to the How Mine police base.
On the day of the crime the victim (27), who cannot be named for ethical reasons, went to the police base at around 8 PM to collect some service papers which she had left being processed.
The prosecution alleges that Shava then took advantage of the fact that there was no one else around and locked the door. He then grabbed the woman and dragged her to another room inside the building.
Shava allegedly ripped off all of the victim’s clothing, including her undergarments. He then removed his police combat uniform and raped her once using protection.
He is said to have held the woman against her will for the remainder of the night. During the same night, he is alleged to have raped the victim two more times. However, he did not use protection on the last two occasions.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is yet to comment on the case.
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