A 25-year-old man from Harare’s Mount Pleasant suburb allegedly tried to blackmail his ex-girlfriend into being intimate with him using her nude pictures from 11 years ago. Loveson Mbengeranwa appeared before a Harare court facing rape charges.
The state alleges that sometime last year Mbengeranwa asked to be intimate with the complainant who agreed after being threatened with the release of her nude pictures.
The two went on to be intimate. While having sexual intercourse, the accused person took some nude pictures and kept the pictures in his cellphone. When the accused then asked for sex for the second time, it is alleged that the complainant turned him down and asked him to do as he wished with the pictures.
Mbengeranwa then allegedly threatened to kill the complainant’s husband and her children if she refused to be intimate with him.
The court heard that Mbengeranwa then created a WhatsApp group and added the complainant’s husband and his workmates, before sharing the nude pictures in the group. On seeing the pictures, the complainant filed a police report leading to Mbengeranwa’s arrest.
Harare Magistrate Dennis Mangosi granted Mbengeranwa $3000 bail, and asked him to report twice weekly at Marlborough police station. He was also asked to surrender his passport and stay at his given residential address.