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Stepdad charged for abuse

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A 35-YEAR-OLD Bulawayo man was last week brought before the court for allegedly sleeping with his step daughter to buy his silence after she spent a night at her boyfriend’s place during his wife’s absence.

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The man was remanded out of custody to September 11 for trial for contravening section 70 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act chapter 9:23.

Prosecutor Kingston Mkanganwi told the court that the juvenile was staying with her brother when the stepfather went to take her back home for disciplinary action as she was allegedly not sleeping at home.

“On the day in question, the accused person together with the juvenile and the juvenile’s sister-in-law proceeded to Nkulumane after collecting the juvenile. Upon arrival, accused person went with the juvenile to the bedroom and questioned her,” Mkanganwi said.

“The juvenile told her stepfather that she had slept at her boyfriend’s place in Emganwini resulting in the accused beating her with a log on her back several times.”

Mkanganwi said the juvenile remained in the bedroom until she fell asleep and was awaked by her sister-in-law to have super, but she refused.

He said the stepfather asked the juvenile’s sister-in-law to sleep with her in the bedroom, but she refused.

The girl fell asleep, but was woken up her stepfather who asked for sex so that he could cover up for her when her mother returned.

He also promised to give her cash and the girl agreed. The girl did not tell anyone. The court heard that the stepfather asked the girl to go and clean his house in Nkulumane and they again met for sex with consent.

The girl then narrated her ordeal to her stepfather’s friend, who in turn informed her brother and a report was made to the police. The man denied ever sleeping with his stepdaughter.

“I do not admit to the charges levelled against me because I only took her home and beat her up. I actually slept in the same bedroom with her, but we used different blankets,” he said

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