Man rapes, threat­ens to evict step­daugh­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

A 45-YEAR-OLD man from Zvisha­vane raped and im­preg­nated his 15-year-old step daugh­ter.

The ac­cused, who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of his vic­tim, is from Chief Ma­sunda area in Zvisha­vane.

He pleaded guilty to rape charges when he ap­peared be­fore Zvisha­vane Mag­is­trate Mr Peter Madiba.

The step­fa­ther was re­manded in cus­tody to Septem­ber 8 for sen­tenc­ing.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Tal­ent Tadenyika said in Septem­ber last year, the man asked his step-daugh­ter to ac­com­pany him to fetch some fire­wood. On their way back, he forced him­self on her. When they got home, the girl did not tell any­one about the in­ci­dent be­cause her step­fa­ther had told her that if she re­ported the mat­ter he would chase her away since she was a step­daugh­ter, the court heard.

The man is said to have raped the 15-year-old again some­time in Oc­to­ber last year when her mother had gone to a church con­fer­ence.

“The mat­ter came to light in Jan­uary this year when the mother of the com­plainant sus­pected that she was preg­nant.

“Upon in­ter­ro­gat­ing her, that’s when she dis­closed that the ac­cused per­son had sex­u­ally abused her sev­eral times” said the pros­e­cu­tor.@patiemt­siwi

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