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Precila Takabvirakare

- Tazvivinga Mapanzure (26) of Masunda village under chief Nyamandi has appeared in the Gutu magistrate court facing the charges of raping a 14-year-old girl.
He was charged for contravening Section 65(1) of The Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 'rape'.
Mapanzure was remanded in custody to August 21 and ordered to undergo mental examination by two doctors.
State facts as presented by Millicent Azangwe are that on July 27, Mapanzure was on his way from Nyamandi business centre when he met the girl.
He greeted her and proposed love to her but she turned down the proposal and he did not take it kindly.
He then tripped the girl to the ground, removed her skin tight and pant, dropped his trousers to knee level and had sexual intercourse with her twice without her consent.
After the incident, the girl went home and disclosed the matter to her parents who then accompanied her to the police to make a report, leading to Mapanzure's arrest.
When asked by magistrate Victor Mahamadi why he committed the offence, Mapanzure said he did not know what had come over him, adding he suspected he was under the influence of evil spirits.
"I do not know what had come over me. Maybe I was possessed by evil spirits. Soon after the committing the offence, I was even shocked by it myself," said Mapanzure.

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