Man (37) ar­rested for ‘rap­ing’ girl­friend’s daugh­ter (10)

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Michelle Gwizi Court Re­porter

A MATOPO man (37) has been ar­rested for al­legedly rap­ing his girl­friend’s 10-year-old daugh­ter over a two- year pe­riod and in­fect­ing her with an STI.

The man pleaded not guilty to a rape charge when he ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo re­gional mag­is­trate, Mr Joseph Mabeza and was re­manded in cus­tody to Fri­day for con­tin­u­a­tion of trial.

Al­le­ga­tions are that be­tween 2016 and March this year, the ac­cused per­son raped the com­plainant sev­eral times. The com­plainant was stay­ing with her mother in Old Pu­mula when she was al­legedly abused.

At the be­gin­ning of this year the com­plainant in a bid to es­cape the abuse, asked to stay with ei­ther her aunt or grand­mother.

When she went to stay with her aunt in June, the aunt dis­cov­ered that she had sores on her pri­vates and on be­ing quizzed she re­vealed that she had ben raped sev­eral times by her mother’s boyfriend.

The rape was re­ported to the po­lice lead­ing to the ac­cused’s ar­rest.

Ms Caro­line Matanga is ap­pear­ing for the State.

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