A PROPHET who claimed to a mɑrried woman that she was tormented by evil spirits and needed to be cleansed appeared before a Bulawayo regional magistrate for allegedly rɑp!ng her and imprǝgnɑting her.
Casper Moyo (35) appeared before magistrate Dambudzo Malunga and pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was remanded in custody to 12 June for trial.
Moyo lives in Bulawayo’s Emganwini suburb and is mɑrried. Sometime last year in June at a date not known by the prosecutor during prophecy time at Zion Church Nketa branch Moyo prophesied to the 25-year-old woman and revealed toher she was tormented by evil spirits.
It is said after that he told her that he had to go to her home and cleanse her and her home with holy water.
On the following day at around 8pm Moyo went to the woman’s place and upon arrival he told her that he wanted to cleanse her and her home so as to cast out evil spirits, the court heard.
It is alleged the woman refused. Moyo left for his home. However, on the following day he returned at around 8.30 pm and told her that she would die if she refused to be cleansed. Upon hearing that she agreed.
Moyo asked for a bucketful of water and he prayed before he asked her to take the bucket a few metres from where he was to bathe, the court heard.
She strippǝd nɑkǝd and bathed and while she was wearing her clothes, Moyo dashed to her and grɑbbed her from behind and asked to have ƨǝx with her.
It is said the woman told him that she was mɑrried and could not do that but Moyo said he was mɑrried too. It is said he violently pushed her to the ground and rɑped her.
After rɑping her he left to his home. The woman kept the tormenting ordeal to herself until her husband who is based in South Africa visited her last week and was sh0cked to find her with a baby, the court heard.
Upon asking her about the baby she told him that she was rɑped by the prophet and was afraid to disclose the ordeal to him, the court heard.
The woman reported the incident to the police leading to the arrest of Moyo.
Constance Tatenda Mathaba prosecuted.