A 61-YEAR-OLD Gwanda man has been taken to court to answer charges of indecently assaulting his 24-year-old daughter.
The suspect, who could not be named to protect the identity of the victim, denied the charge on Monday when he appeared before provincial magistrate Maphios Moyo.
In his defence, the suspect claimed that the charges were trumped up by his relatives who wanted to see him rot in prison.
The court heard that sometime in November last year, the suspect’s daughter visited her cousin at a nearby village and found the accused there.
During the night, people who were at the homestead slept outside as it was very hot.
In the dead of the night, the suspect allegedly sneaked into his daughter’s blankets and started caressing her stomach and wrist, which led her to jump out of the blankets out of fear.’
After the incident, he allegedly sneaked back to his bed and pretended all was well.
The next morning, the complainant narrated her ordeal to her cousin who advised her not to report the matter to police.
She then wrote a letter to his uncle advising him of the abuse by his father.
The uncle took the letter to police, resulting in the suspect’s arrest.
He was granted free bail and remanded to February 19.