Grand­daugh­ter rape ac­cused gets $50 bail

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Wynne Zanamwe Mid­lands Re­porter

A 61-YEAR-OLD-MAN from Kwekwe was re­cently ar­rested for al­legedly rap­ing his 11-year-old grand­daugh­ter in a bush.

The old man, a res­i­dent of Amaveni sub­urb in Kwekwe, who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of the mi­nor, ap­peared be­fore Gokwe Mag­is­trate, Mr Matu­rure fac­ing rape charges.

He pleaded not guilty and was re­manded out of cus­tody to Oc­to­ber 16 on $50 bail.

In his de­fence, the man said he was sur­prised to re­ceive a call from the girl’s mother ac­cus­ing him of rap­ing her daugh­ter.

“Your Wor­ship, I do not ad­mit to the al­le­ga­tion, I only gave the com­plainant $3 which she was sent to col­lect from me by her mother while I was in the field. I do not know what hap­pened to her there­after,” he said.

“I was sur­prised to re­ceive a phone call from the com­plainant’s mother say­ing that she had not reached home and I then as­sisted her to search for the com­plainant.”

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Mike Mhene said on Septem­ber 17, the girl was sent by her mother to col­lect some money from her grand­fa­ther.

When she ar­rived at the fields she found the ac­cused and told him that her mother had sent her for some money. The ac­cused in­stead al­legedly raped her once and gave her 25 cents to buy jig­gies.

He al­legedly threat­ened to stab her with a knife if she dis­closed the crime.

“The com­plainant was ad­mit­ted to Kwekwe Hos­pi­tal for three days af­ter the as­sault since she sus­tained se­vere in­juries on her pri­vate parts,” said Mhene. — @wyn­nezane.

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