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By: Danisa Masuku

A 76-YEAR-OLD man from Bulawayo’s Nketa suburb left residents shocked after he dragged a 6-year-old pupil into his bedroom and raped her without protection.

The man cannot be named so as to protect the identity of the minor.

A family relative who requested anonymity said the elderly man saw the victim with her friend who is doing Grade Two at a local school and requested the minor to assist him.

“He is a respected man in the community, as a result when he requested the victim to assist him nobody had any suspicion. She assisted him in carrying the tool box to his home,” said the relative

“He sternly warned the minor not to scream and threatened to kill her if did so. He undressed her and raped her once without protection. After raping her he once again threatened to kill her if ever she told anyone about the ordeal,” said the relative.

Bulawayo Police Spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident: “It’s unreasonable for a 76-year-old man to rape a six-year-old child. We are appealing to churches, charity organisations, and resident associations to join hands in fighting this demon that is tormenting the society,” he said. 

The 76-year-old man is set to appear in court for a rape charge.