A Gutu woman who was allegedly raped by her husband’s brother has told Masvingo Magistrate that her mother-in-law advised her against reporting the case to the Police because this would embarrass the family.
The complainant told Regional Magistrate Dambudzo Malunga last Monday that after the rape she went and reported the matter to Elina Zijena who is her mother-in-law and she insisted against taking the matter further.
Alex Madzore (37) of Ruware Village under Chief Chiwara in Gutu attempted to rape his curvy sister-in-law twice and succeeded on the third attempt, the court heard.
It is the State case that the complainant’s husband does not stay in the village as he is employed somewhere. On June 3, 2018 at around 7pm the complainant was carrying her baby on her back when Madzore grabbed her by the back and tried to let her face him by force but she wrestled him and cried out for help.
On the second occasion and on June 23, 2018 at around 8pm the complainant was alone at her homestead and Madzore followed her to the fowl run, tried to trip her to the ground but he failed. He then tried to lift the complainant’s skirt and she cried out forcing Madzore to let her go.
The State said on July 1, 2018 Madzore and the complainant went together to a nearby bush to fetch grass for making brooms.
Madzore allegedly grabbed the complainant along the way, tripped her to the ground while she carried her baby on her back. The accused went on top of her, tore her skirt, removed her pant and allegedly raped the complainant once.
Madzore went away without saying a word and the complainant proceeded to inform her mother in-law who urged her not to report the matter.
The complainant was medically examined and some bruises were found on her private parts.
Madzore who is represented by Tavengerwei of Gumbo and Associates from Mt Darwin pleaded not guilty on all counts and the matter will continue today.
Madzore accused the complainant of trying to have her locked in jail so that the latter’s husband would take over the family farm from their ageing father.