A 57-year-old Mkoba man has appeared before a Gweru court on allegations of raping an 11-year old-girl (name withheld) when she was on her way home from school.
David Chimbo was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Judith Taruvinga on two counts of rape.
He was remanded out of custody to December 12 on $100 bail on condition that he does not interfere with the witnesses and reports to Mkoba 1 Police Station every Friday.
It is alleged that on an unknown date in May 2014 at around 4pm, the girl was walking with her friend on their way home when Chimbo approached the two and claimed to be the complainant’s grandfather and told them to follow him.
When they arrived at Chimbo’s residence, he instructed the friend to go home saying he needed his “granddaughter” to wash plates and the friend complied.
Once inside the house, Chimbo threatened the girl with death if she told anyone and forced her to remove her underwear and lie down on the bed, which the girl did and raped her.
In October 2014, while the girl was on her way home with her friend, Chimbo used the same method and ordered they follow him.
When they got to his gate, he told the complainant’s friend to wait outside while the complainant washed plates.
When they were inside, Chimbo gave the same instructions as before and the girl questioned his intentions, which aggravated the accused and he produced a knife, threatening to kill the girl if she did not comply.
Chimbo then raped the girl and let her out while her friend waited outside.
The girl then narrated her ordeal to her friend, who then told her mother who reported the matter to the police, leading to Chimbo’s arrest.