Teacher rapes, tricks vic­tim into abor­tion

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

A HATCLIFFE Pri­mary School teacher ap­peared in court for al­legedly rap­ing his girl­friend and trick­ing her into tak­ing abor­tion pills af­ter she fell preg­nant.

Tau­rai Chikoto (34) ap­peared be­fore Harare mag­is­trate Ms Vic­to­ria Mashamba yes­ter­day on charges of rape and un­law­ful ter­mi­na­tion of preg­nancy.

The mat­ter was re­manded to to­day for bail con­sid­er­a­tions.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Linda Gadzikwa al­leged that some­time in Jan­uary, the com­plainant left her spec­ta­cles in Chikoto’s ve­hi­cle. Chikoto was her boyfriend at the time.

On Fe­bru­ary 2, the com­plainant met Chikoto in Hatcliffe and asked for her spec­ta­cles.

Chikoto in­formed her that they were in his house and that they should go and col­lect them. When they got to the house, Chikoto al­legedly re­mained in the car while the com­plainant went into the house to get her spec­ta­cles.

When she failed to lo­cate them, Chikoto sug­gested that they go back into the house to­gether to look for the spec­ta­cles. Chikoto then locked the door from in­side and raped her.

On April 3, the com­plainant al­legedly went to the ac­cused’s work­place to tell him that she was preg­nant.

Chikoto then re­port­edly took the com­plainant into the Harare cen­tral busi­ness district (CBD) where they met his friend, who gave the com­plainant some pills he claimed to be painkillers.

The friend gave the com­plainant three packs of dif­fer­ent pills. Af­ter tak­ing the pills, the com­plainant started bleed­ing.

She sus­pected the pills and looked them up on the In­ter­net and she re­alised they were as­so­ci­ated with abor­tion.

The com­plainant’s belly started swelling and she went to Trauma Cen­tre in Bor­row­dale on April 13, where she got a scan, which showed that the foe­tus was in breech pre­sen­ta­tion. — Her­ald Re­porter.

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