Police in Bulawayo have launched a manhunt for a man who drugged a teenage vendor from Cowdray Park suburb and allegedly anally raped him in a bushy area, leaving him bleeding.
The unsuspecting teenage boy was selling his wares in the suburb and had the misfortune of meeting the man who acted like a potential buyer, a source close to investigations said.
The source said the man, who was on a mission to sodomise the teenager, told him that he left his money at the Caravan near the railway line and he fell for the trap. While they were heading there he allegedly gave him a drink laced with a drug.
“The boy did not suspect anything sinister and drank the laced drink. He followed the man and when they got to the railway line the boy was tipsy. The man hoodwinked him to move into a bushy area and forced him to lie down. He then sodomised him,” said a source.
The man sodomised him for the second time and then fled. The boy sustained lesions on his behind and bled, said the source close to investigations.
“He narrated the sodomy ordeal to his father, who then accompanied him to Cowdray Park police station where a report of aggravated indecent assault was made,” said a relative to the boy.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident: “I can confirm that we are investigating a case of aggravated indecent assault that occurred in Cowdray Park where a 13-year-old boy who was selling his wares was allegedly sexually attacked in a bushy area near the railway line in Cowdray Park suburb.”
Insp Ncube appealed for information that may lead to the arrest of the man who is on the run.
“Anyone who knows this man who is on the run may he or she kindly inform any nearest police station or phone us on 09-60358,”he said.