Six-year-old rape vic­tim breaks down, fails to tes­tify

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo

A 19-YEAR-OLD Nkayi man al­legedly raped his younger sis­ter (6). The man’s rape trial failed to kick off at the re­gional court re­cently as his sis­ter burst into tears and could not say a word even while in cam­era.

Re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Mark Dzira re­manded the ac­cused in cus­tody to Au­gust 10. The State in­di­cated that the girl had to be sep­a­rated from her par­ents as her ev­i­dence had been tam­pered with.

Prose­cut­ing Mr Ti­nashe Dzipe al­leges that some­time be­tween Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary this year, the man called his sis­ter to his room.

“When she en­tered his room, he knelt down and un­dressed her. He then raped her once and dressed her up be­fore leav­ing the hut. The girl didn’t dis­close the mat­ter to any­one,” said Mr Dzipe.

“The man called his sis­ter to fol­low him out­side on a dif­fer­ent day. He then raped her be­hind their kitchen hut af­ter ask­ing her to sit on his lap.”

The court heard that the girl did not tell any­one about the in­ci­dent.

“On Fe­bru­ary 8, the girl re­alised that she was bleed­ing from her pri­vates and no­ti­fied her fa­ther. When her mother got back from work, she ex­am­ined her and took her to the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment,” said Mr Dzipe. “The girl later told her mother that she had in­formed her class teacher about the rape. A po­lice re­port was made lead­ing to her brother’s ar­rest.”

A shaft dug by il­le­gal min­ers tun­nels un­der a house in Mashava’s Mambo sub­urb

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