Police in Harare have launched a hunt for a four-member gang believed to have kidnapped and raped a male passenger they had offered a lift from the city centre last week. The man was heading for the Avondale area.
The quartet comprised two men and two women who are believed to be in their early 20s. Police say they would face one count of aggravated indecent assault. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident and said investigations were in progress.
Asst Comm Charamba said the complainant was at the corner of Park Lane and Leopold Takawira Street waiting for transport to Avondale. At around 1pm the man boarded a Honda CVR, silver grey metallic in colour, with tinted windows.
When the man boarded the car, Asst Comm Charamba said, he found two females sitting on the front seat while two men sat at the back.
“The complainant sat at the back seat in between the two male passengers and headed towards Avondale. One of the men then grabbed the complainant by the neck and pointed an unknown metal object threatening to kill him if he raised alarm,” she said.
She said the other male passenger tied the complainant’s mouth and eyes with a black cloth. Asst Comm Charamba said the quartet then drove to an unknown place in the Avondale area where the complainant was lifted from the vehicle to a house. The complainant’s pair of trousers was removed and he was forced to the floor facing upwards.
One of the female suspects started to masturbate the complainant and had sex with him once while her colleagues were watching. Asst Comm Charamba said after the complainant had ejaculated the quartet then collected semen and put it into a container.
The complainant was ordered to dress and was dumped along Sam Nujoma Street in Mt Pleasant. Asst Comm Charamba has warned members of the public against using private vehicles saying it made investigations difficult in the event that something went wrong.
She urged members of the public to use public transport. In March a Karoi pastor was forced to be intimate with a woman while her two male accomplices stood guard before robbing him of US$30.
The sperms are reportedly used for ritual purposes. Last year three Gweru women, Rosemary Chakwizira and sisters Sophie and Netsai Nhokwara made headlines after they were arrested at a road block after police discovered used condoms with semen in the boot of their vehicle.
The trio was acquitted in August by a Gweru magistrate due to lack of evidence. The Herald
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