A caretaker at a church in Bulawayo was arrested for allegedly kidnapping, drugging, and raping a 15-year-old girl, reported B-Metro.
The suspect, Mkhululi Ndlovu (42) appeared before Bulawayo regional magistrate Dambudzo Malunga facing two counts of rape and kidnapping.
Ndlovu pleaded not guilty to both counts and was remanded in custody to 28 March 2023.
Prosecutor Constance Mathaba said on 08 November 2022, Ndlovu met the teenage girl near her home in Nkulumane suburb.
He allegedly grabbed her and placed a knife on her throat while forcing her to sniff a white powder.
The white substance is suspected to be a drug, crystal meth, popularly known as guka or mutoriro.
It was further alleged that the frightened girl sniffed the powder and after that, she fell unconscious.
She was shocked when she woke up the following morning in Ndlovu’s house naked, with the white powder on the bed.
In court, she said Ndlovu forced her to sniff the powder and after that, she would feel drowsy and gradually fall unconscious.
The court heard that the girl would wake up naked with signs she had engaged in sex and she would see used condoms on the floor.
It was further alleged that each time Ndlovu went out of the room he would lock her inside the house.
The girl escaped when Ndlovu asked her to accompany him to a house in Old Lobengula suburb to buy drugs.
The court heard that when Ndlovu was buying the drugs the girl ran out of the house and went to a police station and reported the incident.
Ndlovu was later arrested at the church premises.