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Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu, Gwanda Correspondent 

A 47-YEAR-OLD Esigodini man has been arrested for allegedly raping his 17-year-old stepdaughter several times resulting in her falling pregnant.The man from Shale Village, was not asked to plead when he appeared briefly before Gwanda magistrate, Mrs Nomagugu Sibanda facing a rape charge. 

The magistrate remanded him in custody to February 10.Prosecuting, Miss Faith Mutukwa said the accused person first raped the complainant on November 10 last year after she was left under his care by her mother.

“On 10 November 2019 the complainant’s mother travelled and left her daughter with the accused person. “He then got into the complainant’s bedroom and after scolding her told her that she was now old enough to make love. “He grabbed the complainant and started fondling her breasts but the complainant resisted,” she said.

Miss Mutukwa said the accused person then produced a kitchen knife from his pocket and ordered the complainant to undress threatening to stab her if she refused. She said the accused person raped the complainant and warned her against reporting the matter to anyone.Miss Mutukwa said the accused person raped the complainant on several other occasions in November and December while her mother was away.

She said the victim remained quiet about the matter. The matter came to light on January 20 after the complainant’s mother suspected that her daughter was pregnant. Upon questioning, the teenager revealed that her stepfather had raped her on several occasions.