AN overseer with Apostolic Church Deliverance in Africa Church in Chikanga high-density suburb, Christopher Chinyai, was recently hauled before the courts for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl from the same church and ordering her not to tell anyone.
Chinyai (43), who is also a cameraman at Meikles Park allegedly forced the girl (name withheld) to watch a pornographic video before raping her.
He was remanded out of custody on $100 bail when he appeared before Mutare magistrate, Mr Waini Makamera, facing rape charges last Thursday.
Prosecutor, Mr Cuthbert Bhosha, said sometime in April, Chinyai and his wife travelled to Tanganda in Chipinge and the 15-year-old teenager was left in custody of Chinyai's house.
"Chinyai returned home after five days without his wife. He arrived at 7pm and ordered the teenager to carry some goods he had bought and proceeded to sleep in his bedroom.
Chinyai woke up at around 11pm and entered the dining room where the girl was sleeping. He forced the teenager to watch pornographic videos with him.
"He grabbed the teenager and forcibly made her sit on his lap. Chinyai unzipped his trousers and started fondling her breasts while covering her mouth with his hand. Chinyai later raped her once," said Mr Bhosha.
Chinyai allegedly threatened the teenager not to disclose the matter to anyone. He left her bleeding.
The court heard that Chinyai started calling and sending the teenager some messages demanding to meet her again a few days later.
Her mother bumped into some of the messages where he was threatening her with unspecified action if she reported the matter to anyone. The teenager, who kept quiet about the ordeal for a while, later revealed that she was raped upon being quizzed by her mother.
The angry teenager's mother stormed the news room on Tuesday morning saying she was in pain considering that Chinyai was a trusted overseer at church and took him as a father figure.
"He was our spiritual father. He betrayed us. We all trusted him, but he let us down. I hope justice will prevail," she said.