Girl weeps on see­ing ‘rapist’ dad in court

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo Court Re­porter

A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl broke down in court and screamed in ter­ror when she saw her fa­ther who al­legedly raped her over three months.

Her fa­ther (41) from Nkayi, who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of the girl, al­legedly re­duced her to a sex slave.

A court heard the man threat­ened to as­sault his daugh­ter if she told any­one about the sex bondage.

He ran out luck in March this year when vil­lagers tipped off po­lice that he was abus­ing his daugh­ter.

The court heard the man was left car­ing for his two daugh­ters when his wife died in 2009.

He ap­peared be­fore re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Mark Dzira fac­ing rape charges and was re­manded in cus­tody to to­day for com­mence­ment of trial.

His daugh­ter who is now stay­ing at a chil­dren’s home in Binga failed to tes­tify as she broke down upon see­ing her fa­ther in court.

Pros­e­cut­ing Mr Ti­nashe Dzipe said some­time in Jan­uary this year, the man called his daugh­ter to his bed­room hut.

“He told her that she and her younger sis­ter would start sleep­ing in his bed­room as they were no longer safe on their own at night. The girl and her sis­ter com­plied and started shar­ing the hut with their fa­ther,” said Mr Dzipe.

“Dur­ing the night, the man un­dressed his daugh­ter and in­structed her to lie fac­ing up­wards. He raped her once.”

It is al­leged that the man threat­ened to as­sault his daugh­ter with a stick if she re­vealed the mat­ter to any­one.

“The man con­tin­ued bed­ding his daugh­ter from that day. Some­time in March, po­lice got a tip off from vil­lagers who sus­pected that the man was sex­u­ally abus­ing his daugh­ter as they were shar­ing a hut,” he said.

Mr Dzipe said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were car­ried out which led to the man’s ar­rest and the girl was taken to the hos­pi­tal for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion.

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