Indian nationals freed on bail

HARARE - The High Court yesterday freed on  $1 000 bail each two Indian businessmen who are accused of raping a Zimbabwean woman at a hotel in Harare.

High Court judge Garainesu Mawadze freed Krishna Satyanarayana Gandlur, 33, and Ravi Krishnan, 40, after the State admitted that its case was weak.

As part of the their bail conditions, Mawadze ordered the pair to reside at the addresses that they provided to the court, report every Monday and Friday at Harare Central Police Station, surrender their passports and not to interfere with State witnesses until the finalisation of the matter.

The two, through their lawyers Dumisani Mthombeni and Jonathan Samukange, filed a High Court application after they were denied bail by Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe.

In their application for bail, the two distanced themselves from cricket and denied the rape allegations.

They told the court that they are also willing to undergo DNA tests to prove their innocence.

Circumstances forming the basis of their arrest are that on June 16, Gandlur and Krishnan were booked in rooms 968 and 951, respectively, while the complainant was in 969.

The court heard that around midnight Gandlur invited the woman into his room for a drink and introduced her to Krishnan.

The two accused persons then reportedly ordered red wine and allegedly forced the complainant to drink some.

It was further alleged that Gandlur attempted to kiss the woman but she resisted.

The court heard that when she was drunk Gandlur took advantage and forcibly had anal sexual intercourse with her.

Comments (2)

Are these the people from the four corners of the world Chinamasa is asking Zimbabwean to bury their differences and invite to come and invest in Zimbabwe?

ADF - 23 June 2016

zvino vange vakapfeka ma kondomu here. Zvisinei vakanakigwa havo. Kuhlya rifa muhotera. Zvino havana kuitira ruzha kuna Va Mboko here muhotera umu?

BABA TEN-CENT - 24 June 2016

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