Three Battlefields artisanal gold miners who explicitly narrated how they allegedly assaulted and raped women believed to be commercial sex workers in a video last year have been granted bail.
Prince Chirombo, 18, Rombo Chirara, 18 and Admire Chirongoma, 18 were granted US$100 each bail at the High Court by Justice Clemence Phiri.
Thabani Gazi, 20, is yet to apply for bail.
The matter was remanded to January 25 and it will be heard at Chinhoyi Regional Court.
Allegations against the four arose on July 4 last year when they reportedly entered the women’s’ room at Mungwanya Compound in Battlefields armed with machetes, knives and empty beer bottles.
The victims were allegedly asleep and it was reported that the accused ordered one of their clients to hide behind a curtain in the same room.
It is that State’s case that they subsequently attacked the women before gang-raping them.
Although the ‘sex workers’ cried out for help, they were unfortunately restrained by the marauding quartet.
The gang then helped themselves to four Nokia cellphone handsets, before disappearing into the night.
News of the assault came to light when the women, who were not named, made a report to the police the following morning.