2-year-old watches dad ‘rape’ maid at knife­point

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube

A PLUMTREE man al­legedly raped his maid 19 times at knife point while his two-year-old daughter watched. The maid fell preg­nant, the court heard.

Ru­dolph Chi­rape (30) of Dingu­muzi sub­urb pleaded not guilty to rape when he ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Mr Chrispen Mberewere, who re­manded him out of cus­tody to to­day.

Chi­rape who is fac­ing 19 counts of rape, is a guard at Peace Se­cu­rity Com­pany.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Sim­barashe Manyiwa said on June 8, this year around 6AM Chi­rape or­dered the do­mes­tic worker to ac­com­pany him to clean a new house he had found at Dingu­muzi Com­mu­nity Hall.

Mr Manyiwa said the vic­tim took Chi­rape`s daughter and they went to the new house.

“While in­side, Chi­rape or­dered her to put the baby down, he then grabbed the woman`s right hand pulling her down onto the floor. She tried to fight but the ac­cused pro­duced a knife and threat­ened to kill her. He then raped her once,” he said.

The court heard Chi­rape threat­ened to kill the woman if she told any­one about the sex at­tack.

Mr Manyiwa said on June 9 around 7AM when Chi­rape’s wife had left for work, he or­dered the vic­tim to en­ter his bed­room where he raped her at knife point.

Mr Manyiwa said on June 10 and 11 Chi­rape again raped the woman at knife point.

Mr Manyiwa said on June 15, Chi­rape raped his maid and threat­ened to harm her if she told any­one.

“On June 21, around 7AM, the ac­cused came in the house from shops. He en­tered the kitchen and lifted the woman up and went to his bed­room. He raped her while hold­ing a knife to her throat. While this was hap­pen­ing the ac­cused’s baby was watch­ing and cry­ing,” said Mr Manyiwa.

The court heard that on June 25, the maid told Chi­rape that she sus­pected that she was preg­nant. The ac­cused or­dered her to drink a wash­ing pow­der to ter­mi­nate the preg­nancy but the vic­tim re­fused.

The prose­cu­tor said the com­plainant re­mained silent fear­ing for her life but on June 27, she gath­ered courage and phoned her cousin in­form­ing her about the is­sue.

The court heard that they re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice who ar­rested Chi­rape.

“The com­plainant was sent to Plumtree District hos­pi­tal where she was med­i­cally ex­am­ined and a med­i­cal re­port was com­piled. It was also con­firmed that she was preg­nant,” said Mr Manyiwa. -@ cyn­thi­amthembo1.

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