A 27-year-old man from Mwenezi Estates recently appeared before Chiredzi Regional Magistrate Judith Zuyu facing rap_e charges as defined in Section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 09:23 after he allegedly kidnapped a ten year old girl from her home yard before rap_ing her in the nearby bush.
The state represented by Noel Muranda alleged that on the November 4, 2020, the accused visited the complainant’s house where he found her sweeping the ashes at their fire point outside the house. The accused then summoned the girl and she refused to comply.
The accused approached the juvenile and grabbed her before disappearing into the nearby bush.
According to state papers, the accused then pushed the complainant down and ordered her to lie down, undressed her and had se_xual intercourse with her.
The state argued that after the complainant was rap_ed, she was threatened with death if she made any report.
She got home, took a bath and never alerted her parents of the ordeal.
The mother and aunt noticed some blood stains and unusual step from their daughter but she refused to disclose that she had been rap_ed and that she got bruised in between her thighs.
On November 14, 2020, the complainant’s mother noticed some thick white vagi_nal discharge on her daughter’s private parts before the juvenile disclosed that she had been rap_ed leading to a police report.
The accused is being represented by Knowledge Mabvuuri of the Chihambakwe Law Chambers and the case was remanded to the April 14, 2021.