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Brother ‘rapist’ stuns court

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THE 18-year-old man from the Matjinge area of Plumtree who last week told a court his sister seduced him to sleep with her yesterday said the victim admired his manhood.

SILAS NKALA
STAFF REPORTER

The man accused of raping his sister pleaded guilty to the charge but Bulawayo Regional Court magistrate Mark Dzira altered the plea to not guilty when he said he found her sister in his blankets making sexual moves when he returned from taking a bath.

The State led by Tinashe Dzipe called the 15-year-old victim, who told the court that it was not the first time she had had sex with her brother saying they had been intimate since she was in Grade 7.

She, however, insisted that on this particular occasion, her brother had raped her.

She claimed that her brother had lifted and carried her into his bedroom and raped her on his bed.

The State also called the siblings’ grandmother who told the court that on the day in question she met the girl while fetching firewood and noticed that her blouse was torn.

“When I asked her what had happened, she told me that she had been raped by her brother,” she said.

The grandmother queried the girl’s testimony saying according to what she saw, the two went into the house walking side by side adding that she suspected the two were in an incestuous relationship.

In his defence, the man said, in fact, his sister admired him when he returned from the bathroom naked.

“I found her by the door while I was coming from the bathroom. I was naked and applying lotion and she stood and admired me and I was tempted to have sex with her,” he said.

This was in contradiction of his earlier version that he had found her in his blankets making sexual suggestions.

Dzipe last week submitted that the man’s plea was that of tacit consent and a full trial must be conducted to prove if he was indeed seduced or not. He said if it was proved that he was seduced, the charge was likely to be altered to that of incest and having sexual intercourse with a young person instead of rape.

The court heard that on August 9, the man took advantage of their parents’ absence from home and invited his sister into his bedroom and asked her to sleep with him, but she refused.

The man allegedly wrestled with her when she tried to leave his bedroom and pushed her onto his bed, ripped off her panties and tore a piece of her blouse, which he shoved in her mouth to prevent her from screaming.

He then raped her once.

A report was made to the police and he was arrested. The case continues today as the accused is put on his defence.

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