A self-confessed Norton-based Satanist who was in the habit of raping and robbing women after luring them into believing that he would secure employment for them has been arrested.
Trymore Musakanya (27) of Kingsdale, Norton, was arrested on Monday and is facing 15 counts of robbery and five counts of rape.
Police investigations revealed that Musakanya would lure women before taking them into a bushy area where he would “confess” to them that he was a Satanist.
He would then tell them that it’s either they “join him” or donate blood before demanding their valuables and cash.
Sources close to the investigations alleged that Musakanya targeted female job seekers in Norton, Pomona, Mabelreign and Ashdown Park in Harare, among other areas.
He was still in custody yesterday and assisting police with investigations. He is believed to have committed more such crimes.
Musakanya’s luck ran out on Monday when one of the victims saw him walking in the Norton area and alerted the police, leading to his arrest.
According to police, Musakanya confessed that he was a Satanist and that he had some blood and items that he uses for his cult at his house.
This is not the first time police have arrested suspects who commit offences on the pretext that they are linked to Satanism.
In July last year, a 29-year-old Mabvuku man raped two minors, forced them to swallow his semen and told the victims that the assault was an initiation into Satanism.
Meanwhile, a 14-year-old boy was arraigned before the courts for allegedly breaking and entering into two houses in Waterfalls and stealing property worth $2 230.
The boy, who is facing two counts of unlawful entry lives in Waterfalls, Harare.
Presiding magistrate Ms Anita Tshuma, however, refused to place him on remand citing that she could not do so since there was no probation officer’s report accompanying the docket.
Ms Tshuma ordered the State to proceed by way of summons when they obtain all the necessary documentation to continue with prosecution.
Allegations are that the boy gained entry into the two houses by breaking the toilet windows and the burglar bars using an iron bar.
The State alleged that he stole mobile phones, electrical shaving machines and spanners amongst other items.
The boy was apprehended after he was found hiding along Mukuvisi River in possession of some of the stolen property.
Property worth $1 430 was recovered.