Roebuck guilty of evil misdeeds: Traumatised Zimbabwean man

Cape Town (South Africa): The traumatized Zimbabwean man, who has accused cricket journalist Peter Roebuck of sexual assault, has charged him with committing ``evil misdeeds``.

Itai Gondo, who claims he thought Roebuck, 55, was a philanthropist and became aware of his prominence in the cricketing world only after his suicide, introduced himself to Roebuck through Facebook, hoping to receive assistance for his university studies.

Twenty-six-year-old Gondo told a freelance journalist in Cape Town that Roebuck molested him when they met in the commentator’s room at the Southern Sun hotel in Newlands in Cape Town on November 7.

``I was so shocked I couldn`t fight him off and it makes me feel like a sissy and a pushover. This man took advantage of me,`` Gondo told Mike Behr.

He added: ``He preyed on the fact that I was reaching out to him and trusted him and he did this to me.``

Five days later, Roebuck threw himself to his death from the window of the same room after police visited him over the alleged assault.

Gondo, who said he had not received any money for telling his story, claims he took his allegations to the police because he believed Roebuck might have assaulted other men.

The Zimbabwean said he was receiving counselling. In the days after the alleged incident, Gondo sent a Facebook message to Roebuck in which he referred to him as ``Mr. Molester``.

He wrote: ``To lure me and pretend you were interested in forming some father like relationship, yet you intention was to do the sick, pervert disgusting things you did to me? Well Mr. Roebuck, you can stuff whatever form of support you blatantly faked to be interested in.``

He added: ``I don``t need your assistance, I don`t shake hands with devil, don`t bother replying for I will block you after this message.``

``He kept apologising and all I wanted to do was get the hell out of that place,`` Gondo said.

In 2001 Roebuck was convicted of common assault for caning three 19-year-old South African cricketers on the buttocks after they broke ``house rules`` while staying with him.

ANI

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