Bus operator faces fresh rape charge

HARARE - Convicted rapist Simbarashe Gibson, who owns First Class Bus Services, is facing a fresh rape trial on December 7 for allegedly indecently assaulting his sister.

The trial is scheduled for the Harare Magistrates’ Courts. His lawyers are moving to have the charges quashed.

When Gibson, 61, appeared before Harare regional magistrate Bianca Makwande yesterday, his lawyer Tawanda Tandi applied for a postponement on the basis that they were arguing for a review of his placement on remand at the High Court.

Prosecutor Ressie Nyamombe then advised the court that she would make a follow-up on the alleged appeal before trial kicks off on December 7.

 When he initially appeared in court, his lawyer challenged placement on remand on the basis that his arrest and court appearance was unlawful.

In November 2011, Gobson was jailed for 12-years by former regional magistrate Simon Rogers over charges of raping an 11-year-old girl at gunpoint. He has been out of prison on $5 000 bail pending appeal.

In the latest rape charge, the victim claimed Gibson is her cousin and confirmed that she had lodged a report at Makomva Police Station where her statement was recorded.

The rape victim said: “The accused person phoned me to come to the garage at his offices and when I arrived there around 8pm, he asked me to go to his offices and as I sat on the sofa, he produced a silver pistol and ordered me to undress.

“I was shocked and he asked me to go to a bedroom within his office and forced me to commit oral indecencies on his privates, threatening to shoot me at the count of three if I resisted.

“When I vomited, he told me that it was a sign that I was enjoying the act, saying I should not worry since it was my first time. He produced (ejaculated) on my face before ordering me to swallow everything, emphasising that I should lick every drop.”

The court heard that after the rape, Gibson blind-folded his cousin and took her to number 4 Hillside Road in Harare and detained her there from October 9 to 28. The State has notified the court that he will face a further charge of kidnapping for that conduct.

“I was threatened that if I reported the abuse he would frame theft charges against me since I sell tickets at his company. He also told me that he was able to kill me and make me disappear,” added the woman.

Comments (2)

The ugly face of nepotism!!

Mahlaeya - 3 December 2016

Why does the system allows this gun totting rapist, to continue being a gun owner after the initial conviction? Why does the justice system continue to entertain , these Celebrity rapists.? Looking at the chief justice candidates the future looks bleak if not doomed. Something is just not right within court of appeals bench. Rapists are controlling , dictating and wrecking havoc with impunity at justice system.

X-MAN IV - 3 December 2016

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