May 31, 2021

Harare prophet threatens woman with snake, rapes her

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Lloyd Ndemo

Police in Harare have arrested a 38-year-old self-styled prophet for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman in a car after threatening her with a snake.

Luckson Mapurisa of Budiriro suburb allegedly raped the complainant who had gone to his shrine for some prayers.

Harare provincial police spokesperson assistant inspector Webster Dzvova confirmed the incident.

It is alleged that the complainant, who cannot be named for professional reasons, arrived at the shrine and Mapurisa indicated that they had to go to a nearby place for the prayers.

The pair allegedly drove to Chemhanza grounds in Mufakose suburb, where the accused produced a big snake threatening the complainant before raping her once in the car.

Assistant Inspector Dzvova said, “the accused parked his vehicle at Chemhanza grounds and jumped to the back seat of his vehicle where the complainant was seated. He inserted his fingers into the complainant’s private parts and when she tried to resist she was shown a big snake which was in a bag and the accused raped the complainant once without protection”.

The complainant made a report at Glen View Police Station on 29 May leading to the arrest of the suspect on Monday morning.

The suspect is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Assistant Inspector Dzvova warned people against visiting prophets without being accompanied by a relative or a friend.

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