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Two grade 9 students were detained by police in Maputo last weekend, accused of intoxicating and sexually abusing a colleague. Six other members of the public were arrested for various crimes, including smoking cannabis.
The alleged rapists are called Eduardo and Óscar, aged 16 and 22 years. A third member of the group, identified as Gilberto, was still at large at the time of publication.
The crime of which they are accused took place after class on Friday 23 June, when, police spokesman Paulo Nazaré related, the two students persuaded their victim to accompany them to a ‘barraca’ [shop] in the Chamanculo neighbourhood, where they got her drunk, and then sexually abused her in a field in Zixaxa.
According to the police, the detainees were found in possession of a bottle containing a drug used to spike their colleague’s drink.
Also in the Chamanculo neighbourhood, three persons were caught by the population on Saturday night (June 24) in the act of burgling a residence, and in possession of a desktop computer and a plasma television.
Of the three, the police detained only one, identified as Afonso and 23 years of age. The authorities confiscated a vehicle in his possession with the registration number AFE 936 MP, allegedly used to transport the spoils of the robbery.
Afonso maintained his innocence, saying that the population had confused him with the robber at around 10:00 p.m. as he was returning from work in Matola. However, the police believe that Afonso was responsible because his identification documents were found in the car, which they also believe may have been stolen.
In the Maxaquene neighbourhood, the police arrested a 37-year-old man surnamed Massango, accused of being in possession of bread and cutlery stolen from the canteen of a Maputo high school.
Others who failed to escape the long arm of the law are E. Cumbane, 37, who lives in the Polana-Caniço neighbourhood and his partner S. Marcos, 30, a resident of T3 in Matola. The pair, both car polishers, allegedly stole assets from cars using a remote control to disable alarms and unlock the doors of vehicles.
Police recovered a laptop computer worth 100,000 meticais allegedly stolen from a car with the registration number AES 269 MC, whose owner has already been identified.Source: A Verdade