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Kitwe man impersonating as a crime prevention officer arrested for rape

A 23-year-old guy who pretended to be a community crime prevention officer and was caught by a 22-year-old Kitwe woman on her way home is accused of abusing her sexually.

Around 19:00 on Sunday, Patrick Phiri is thought to have pulled the girl, who was returning from seeing her parents, into a nearby bush and forced sex with her.

The rape assault, according to Copperbelt police commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba, happened on Sunday, April 9, at around 19:00.

“Facts of the matter are that the victim was going home after visiting her parents within Chipata Township when she came across the suspect who impersonated as a Crime Prevention Officer in Chipata township,” he said.

According to Mr. Mweemba, the suspect pushed himself on her in the bushes and had unauthorized carnal knowledge of her, causing her to incur painful and injured private parts.

“The matter was reported to Community Crimes Prevention Unit  office, and the suspect was apprehended and taken to Kitwe East police station. Police visited the scene and observed some struggling marks at the scene. A torn lady’s underwear was found which has since been recovered,” he said

He added that the victim has been issued with a medical report form and escorted by police to the hospital for examinations while the suspect has been arrested and detained in custody.

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