Officers Who facilitated Rapist-Serial Robber’s Escape In Court
Two prison officers, who reportedly facilitated the escape of suspected serial rapist Sam Muropa, will be back in court today where their bail ruling is expected to be handed down.
The suspects Ngonidzashe Munhuuripi, 43, and Simbarashe Machekere, 24, were not asked to plead to a charge of aiding a prisoner to escape from lawful custody when they appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi last Friday.
Muropa, arrested in August and accused of robbing and raping at least 21 women, was re-arrested on October 5 following his escape from Harare Remand Prison on October 1.
The State is alleging that sometime on October 1, Munhuuripi, a former schoolmate of Muropa’s brother, approached the 31-year-old and told him he would assist him escape from prison, pointing out that he was unlikely to be granted bail.
He had been allegedly bribed by Muropa’s brother.
Just before lock-up time, Munhuuripi and Machekera allegedly hid Muropa in a bathroom in the yard and later took him to the reception where they fetched his clothes on the pretext that he had been granted bail.
The two prison officers allegedly briefed Muropa about the security set-up of the prison and advised him how he would escape without being detected.
Munhuuripi allegedly assisted Muropa to lay concrete pillars and a chair against the pre-cast wall, which the prisoner climbed and was a free man.
It is alleged that Machekere, later called a taxi which picked up Muropa from Enterprise Road.
Muropa, is set to be sentenced on October 12 after pleading guilty to escaping from lawful custody, was re-arrested on October 5 after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Kuwadzana.
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