Former Gutu Resident Magistrate Edwin Marecha (37) has appeared at the Harare Magistrate Courts facing two counts of rap_e after he allegedly slept with his wife’s young sister without her consent.
Marecha who was transferred from Gutu to Harare a few weeks back is pleading not guilty. He says that he had a se_xual relationship with his sister-in-law Penia Mugota (22) but she consented to the act.
The State alleges that Mugota became pre_gnant with her brother-in-law at some stage because of the alleged rap_e.
Marecha is being represented by A Rubaya of Rubaya and Chatambudza.
In count one the State alleges that Marecha who was the resident magistrate in Mutoko had se_x with Mugota at Marondera Hotel in Marondera where they both stayed. Marecha allegedly sneaked into Mugota’s room where he allegedly broke the girl’s vir_ginity.
No one came to the complainant’s rescue despite that she complained and cried, alleges the State.
Mugota says the intimacy took place on August 16, 2010. The next morning, the accused’s son allegedly asked Mugota why she was crying and she told him what had happened.
Mugota alleges that Marecha later phoned and apologised to her for the offence and gave her $70.