A popular commuter omnibus driver who was facing charges of raping a school girl in a city graveyard has been acquitted after a Masvingo Magistrate Court ruled that the girl liked and enjoyed the sexual encounters.

Steven Tsvairai (22) had in his defence accused the girl's parents of forcing her to report him to the police because he (Tsvairai) was a middleman between her and her boyfriend, Pride Rugora who disappeared when the case was reported.

The allegations against Tsvairai are that sometime in February 2013, he picked up the complainant from school and took her to a nearby bush and had sexual intercourse without her consent. Tsvairai had two other encounters with the complainant but with her consent.

Magistrate Collet Ncube said the complainant did not report earlier because she liked Tsvairai.

Giving evidence in court, Sarah Mandizvidza, a general nurse at Masvingo Provincial Hospital testified that an examination of the complainant showed that she was sexually active.

The complainant was not only abused by Tsvairai, instead she had sex sessions with several other men, it is alleged. She was also abused by Pride Rugora who stayed with her for three days.

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