A 31-year-old inmate at Khami Maximum Prison in Bulawayo on Thursday admitted to sodomising a fellow inmate aged 23 with whom he shared a cell in August this year.
Obert Sibanda of Ngotsha Village in Plumtree, however, denied another charge of sodomising a prisoner from Zvishavane aged 42, claiming that he had been falsely implicated because of the previous case.
Sibanda appeared before magistrate Mark Dzira at the Bulawayo Regional Court and pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated indecent assault.
“I did not commit the second count. We were sleeping in the same cell where we used plastic containers to separate our bedding,” he told the court.
“When I woke up I realised what had happened to the complainant and he suspected it was me because I had once done the same to another inmate. I was in my blankets when he woke up.”
In his testimony, the second complainant told the court that he slept naked on the fateful day, in the dark cell without lights.
“On September 14, the accused had said he wanted to have sex with me. When I woke up in the middle of the night I felt some pain on my back. I also realised some semen,” explained the Zvishavane man.
The prosecutor, Tinashe Dzipe, told the court that on August 29 2014 the prisoner from Matopo woke up at around midnight and saw Sibanda sneaking out of his blankets.
He realised that he had been sodomised by Sibanda and immediately questioned him.
Sibanda reportedly apologised but the man reported the matter to a prison officer who referred him to the hospital.
A medical report was produced in court as evidence.
On September 14, Sibanda allegedly sneaked into the Zvishavane man’s blankets and sodomised him.
The complainant who also shared the cell with Sibanda reported the matter to the prison officers.
His medical report was also exhibited in court as evidence.
Dzira postponed the matter to October 28 2014 for continuation of trial.