A seventy-eight-year-old man from Chief Nhema's area in Shurugwi area raped his sister-in-law of the same age, a Gweru regional court heard yesterday.

Septuagenarian Mangora Chitsika of Musara Village appeared before regional magistrate Morgan Nemadire facing a charge of rape.

He was convicted on his own plea of guilt and will be sentenced today.

Prosecuting, Emmanuel Mathose said on 17 April 17 at around 10PM, the accused proceeded to the complainant's homestead where upon arrival he opened the door to her bedroom.

He said the complainant was asleep in her bedroom.

Mathose said Chitsika got into the blankets causing the 78-year complainant to wake up.

He said Chitsika covered the complainant's mouth using his hand to stop her from screaming.

The court heard that the accused then pushed up the complainant's night dress and raped her once.

Mathose said Chitsika told the complainant that he had raped her to fix her for exchanging the cattle which had been inherited from their late aunt, that is, the accused's sister.

The accused left the complainant's place. On the following morning, the complainant narrated the incident to her grandson who then made a report to the police in Shurugwi resulting in the accused's arrest.

Mathose said the complainant was taken to Shurugwi District Hospital for a medical examination on April 23.

The medical examination proved that the complainant had been raped indeed.

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