AN 18-year-old teenager from Spitzkop Medium Suburb in Gwanda has been arrested after he allegedly drugged the drink he gave his 14-year-old friend as a birthday present before raping her.
The teenager was not asked to plead when he appeared before Gwanda magistrate, Mr Ndumiso Khumalo. He was remanded in custody to July 14.
The accused person’s name has been withheld to protect the identity of his victim.
Prosecuting, Mr Noel Mandebvu said Ndlovu raped the 14-year-old girl on June 28 after she had accompanied him to his place of residence.
“On 28 June at around 2PM the accused person met the complainant who is his friend and asked her to accompany him to his house so that he could give her a birthday present. She agreed and when they got to his home Ndlovu gave her a 500ml bottle of 7UP drink which is suspected to have been drugged. Ndlovu then took advantage and raped the complainant before releasing her to go to home,” he said.
“When the complainant got home her mother suspected that she was drunk. She questioned her daughter who narrated what had happened. The complainant went to hospital for an examination.”
It was discovered that she had been raped and the matter was reported to the police resulting in the accused person’s arrest