IN an incident that left Plumtree villagers tongue tied, a 28-year-old man from Mangwandu allegedly locked up his twin brother’s wife in his bedroom before raping her.
This bizarre incident was heard when the alleged rapist (name withheld) had appeared before Plumtree magistrate Mr Livard Philimon for contravening section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23, rape.
It is the State’s case that on 21 April this year at 6 pm, the 22-year-old complainant arrived at the accused place and asked him to accompany her to her homestead since it was dark.
The court heard that the accused refused but opted to offer her a place to put up for the night.
It said the complainant agreed and later at around 7pm the accused asked the woman to accompany him to the room where she was going to sleep that night.
The court further heard that when they entered the room, the man locked up the door before telling the woman that they were going to put up together.
It is alleged that he threatened her with a knife if she refused.
After inducing fear to the complainant, the alleged rapist went on to push his twin brother’s wife on the bed and forcibly undressed her and tearing her undergarment during the process.
The accused raped the complainant that night before releasing her the following day around 4am.
When the complainant arrived at her homestead she was asked by her husband why she had reported home at such an odd hour.
She narrated her ordeal to the husband who reported the matter to Madabe police station leading to the arrest of his brother.
The accused briefly appeared before Plumtree magistrate court and was remanded in custody to 13 June.