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New twist to female ‘rapists’ trial

HARARE- An investigating officer in the case of three women accused of “raping men” in search of semen has been ordered to bring documentary evidence as proof that the State sent DNA samples to South Africa.

The Gweru female rape suspects, Rosemary Chakwizira and sisters Sophie and Netsai Nhokwara appear in court in Harare
The Gweru female rape suspects, Rosemary Chakwizira and sisters Sophie and Netsai Nhokwara appear in court in Harare

The three sisters Sophie (26) and Netsai Nhokwara (24), Rosemary Chakwizira (28) are jointly charged with their male counterpart Thulani Ngwenya (24). They are facing aggravated indecent assault charges.

Regional magistrate Ms Fadzai Mthombeni dismissed the defence application to compel the State to start the trial without the DNA results. She, however, expressed her disappointment over the State’s false promises to bring the DNA results to court.

“The court does not condone the State’s false promises. The State made an undertaking last week Thursday that the results would be ready the following day (Friday) hence the State is reminded to take court procedures seriously.

“I want the IO (investigating officer) in court with documentary evidence to prove that these samples were sent to South Africa. He must be able to produce evidence on the dates on which he sent the samples and when they were received in SA otherwise we might be expecting something which is not there,” she said.

Ms Mthombeni deferred the matter to Friday when Chief Superintendent Peter Magwenzi is expected to bring the evidence. The trial of the quartet has been postponed several times at the request of the State.

Each time the suspects come to court for trial the State seeks postponement on the grounds that they are waiting for DNA results from South Africa.

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