Originally by The Chronicle

A notorious duo who attacked a couple, sending the man fleeing while they remained to gang ra_pe his girlfriend have been sentenced to 20 years.

Thokozani Ngwenya (22), employed by Chimbanje Company and residing in Tshabalala suburb, connived with Promise Ngwenya who is still at large to attack the two love birds who were walking along a foot path last month.

They ambushed the couple until the man fled and grabbed the woman whom the proceeded to take turns to ra_pe her.

Thokozani pleaded guilty to two counts of ra_pe before Bulawayo regional magistrate Mr Crispen Mberewere.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with five years suspended on condition of good behaviour.

Thokozani claimed he was influenced by Promise to commit the crime.

Magistrate Mberewere said he was appalled by the distasteful manner the duo cold-heartedly violated a defenceless woman, saying their actions resembled those of animals.

“I cannot imagine how the two of you can harass a couple, chase away the male and take turns to ra_pe the woman who is older than you. You did not care about her cries and were only concerned about your selfish desires,” the magistrate said.

“You will agree with me that if you are not sent to prison you will also be shocked.”

The state’s narrated the whole ordeal

“Promise kicked and tripped the woman’s boyfriend. Thokozani produced a hacksaw blade, sharpened it on the tarred road while threatening to stab the man with it. He picked stones, threw them at the man and he fled leaving his girlfriend behind,” he said.

“Promise held the woman by the waist and lifted her up. The two carried her to a maize field and dropped her on the ground. Promise then lowered his trousers and ra_ped the woman without using protection while his friend watched.

“When he was done, he called Thokozani who took his turn and ra_ped the woman. After a while, Promise ordered Thokozani to get off her. Promise slapped the woman four times. He ra_ped her for the second time.