A BULAWAYO man has been arraigned for allegedly rap_ing and impre_gnating his 21-year-old neighbour.
The man (26) allegedly told the woman from Pumula East suburb that his uncle was a witch-doctor who would block his arrest hence it would be pointless to report the matter to the police.
A court heard that the woman kept the alleged ra_pe a secret until her mother discovered that she was pre_gnant.
The man was not asked to plead to ra_pe charges before Ms Gladmore Mushove. He was remanded in custody to this Friday and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.
For the State, Ms Petronila Ngwenya said the woman was allegedly ra_ped last year in November at Cement Siding where the man and the woman’s mother are neighbours.
“The woman had visited her mother in Cement Siding and she told her aunt that she wanted to go back to Pumula East. The man offered to accompany her since he wanted to go to the city centre. He said they were supposed to pass by his house first and when they arrived the man grabbed the woman by her hand, pulled her to the bed and ra_ped her,” she said.
“The woman tried to fight but he overpowered her. After the ra_pe she told the man that she would report him, but he told her that his uncle was a witch doctor and no one would arrest him. The woman kept the matter a secret.”
“In December last year, she told him that she was pre_gnant and he suggested that they continue having se_x. The two had se_x several times until the woman’s mother discovered that she was pre_gnant.”
When asked about the pre_gnancy, the woman stated that she had been ra_ped by the man and was six months pre_gnant.