Soldier Rapes 16 year old girl. A member of the army based at 4-2 Infantry Battalion in Gutu allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl while his friend stood guard, a Chitungwiza magistrate heard last Friday.
The friend, also a soldier, had earlier tried to rape the same girl, but failed.
Takudzwa Gwai (22) appeared before regional magistrate Mrs Estere Chivasa facing rape charges, while his friend Tatenda Machaka (23) was charged with attempted rape. The pair was not asked to plead and remanded to Monday next week on $50 bail each.
Prosecutor Mrs Karen Kunaka said the soldiers and the teenage girl were neighbours. Allegations are that Machaka and Gwai visited the girl’s house on July 27 at around 8pm and found her outside the house. They allegedly asked her to follow them and she complied and they went to Gwai’s house where Machaka locked her up in the bedroom. The court heard that Machaka started seducing the girl while Gwai remained outside. He allegedly undressed the girl and tried to be intimate with her and the girl wrestled with him until he unlocked the door and bolted out.
It is alleged Machaka locked the girl in the bedroom as he left and then Gwai entered the house and raped the girl.
She reported the abuse to her brother who in turn alerted their parents.