A police officer from Zimbabwe, Jotsholo Police station has been arrested and suspended for attempting to rape a pregnant teenager who is in police custody, The Chronicle reports.

According to the report, Augustine Gumbo, 27, who has a pending court case for abuse of office and forgery, was allegedly caught n*ked after he broke into the witness quarter at the station on Saturday at around 11PM and tried to force himself on the 16 year old. The teenager is a State witness in a case where her husband, 22, allegedly slept with her and impregnated her when she was 12 years old.

It was gathered that Gumbo lusted after the young girl when he saw her doing menial chores at the station on Saturday afternoon and later returned to satisfy his thirst for the teenager.

Gumbo was caught in the act by police officers on duty.

When the 16 year old broke the news to her husband the following day he allegedly ran amok accusing police officers of arresting him in order to have his wife for themselves.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi declined to comment saying the case was now in court. “The matter is now under trial and you should get comments from the court.”

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