A man from Gamanya area under Chief Nyashanu who has been on the run for three years allegedly after rap_ing a 13-year-old girl has been arrested and remanded in custody.
Festos Mahachi (69) appeared before Murambinda Magistrate Tapiwa Kuhudzai facing rap_e charges on Tuesday.
The State led by Tinashe Nyamuronga said in 2018, the complainant was with her grandmother in the garden and Mahachi was in his adjacent garden.
The grandmother went home and left the complainant behind. Mahachi took advantage of the situation and called the juvenile to his garden where he gave her RTGS$5.
He ordered her to remove her panty and lie down facing upwards. The juvenile complied and Mahachi removed his trousers and went on top of her and had se_xual intercourse with her once without her consent.
Mahachi allegedly threatened to assault the complainant if she revealed the ordeal to anyone.
On December 19, 2019, the complainant went to fetch water with her younger sister when they met Mahachi who gave the juvenile RTGS$10. The girl bought mangoes with the money and a suspicious woman informed her parents.
The complainant opened up her ordeal with Mahachi on being interrogated.