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Friday 12 May 2017 Desmond Chingarande)

A 37 year old Zimbabwean Prison and Correctional Services (ZPCS) yesterday appeared at the Harare Magistrate Court charged with rape after allegedly impregnating his 12 year old stepdaughter. It was the state case that sometime in November last year the complainant was staying with her mother and the suspect. The state alleged that during that month, the girl’s mother proceeded to South Africa on a business trip and the alleged victim was left with the suspect together with two other children. During the same month it is alleged, the suspect entered the spare bedroom where the complainant was sleeping with her siblings and asked the other children to go and sleep in the kitchen leaving the victim behind. The state alleges the other siblings complied and when they left, the suspect locked the door and asked the girl to have sexual intercourse with him, but she refused, and forced her, the girl’s auntie noticed that she was pregnant and reported her to her mother. Upon being questioned, she then revealed she had been raped by the suspect and the matter was reported to the police, leading to his arrest.