‘Rapist’ fa­ther deemed fit to stand trial

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

A MAN from Nkayi who al­legedly raped his daugh­ter has been deemed fit to stand trial af­ter he was med­i­cally ex­am­ined for men­tal health is­sues.

The man (41), who can­not be named to proect his mi­nor vic­tim, pleaded not guilty to a rape charge when he ap­peared be­fore Bulawayo Re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Joseph Mabeza. He was re­manded to to­day for trial.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Ti­nashe Dzipe told the court that the man in­structed his two daugh­ters to sleep in his hut claim­ing it was not safe for them to sleep alone in theirs.

“Some­time in Jan­uary ac­cused said com­plainant should sleep in his bed­room with her sis­ter. In the mid­dle of the night he woke com­plainant and re­moved all her clothes. He or­dered her to sleep fac­ing up­wards and she com­plied. He raped her once,” said Mr Dzipe.

“Ac­cused con­tin­ued rap­ing com­plainant on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Neigh­bours tipped the po­lice as they no­ticed be­havioural change in the com­plainant af­ter she started shar­ing a hut with her fa­ther.”

Mr Dzipe said the chil­dren had been taken to Binga but they will be availed to tes­tify in court.

An in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer who was no­ti­fied of the of­fence stated in her state­ment that when she in­ter­viewed the two chil­dren they did not dis­close the of­fence.

“I went to the home­stead and in­ter­viewed the child but she did not dis­close any­thing. With the help of the So­cial Wel­fare Depart­ment, we took the child to Nkayi District Hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion. The re­port com­piled showed that pen­e­tra­tion was def­i­nite,” read the state­ment.

It fur­ther read that they took the child to a chil­dren’s home while they were car­ry­ing out fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“She nar­rated her or­deal af­ter a few days. She said her fa­ther used to have sex­ual in­ter­course with her. She said her fa­ther threat­ened to hit her with a stick if she told any­one.” — @ tan­nytkay

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