29 Jan 2017 - GUTU - A 30-year old Gutu man stands accused of raping and impregnating a 14-year old Grade 7 pupil who happens to be his friend's daughter.
Justice Madhawu allegedly impregnated his friend's daughter sometime in July last year. The pregnancy only came into light after the minor's sister took her to Gutu Rural Hospital for a pregnancy test which proved to be positive.
The minor's father said Madhawu was a frequent visitor at his home and he never suspected that he harboured sinister intentions.
The minor said Madhawu proposed love to her early in July while her father was sleeping in his bedroom and she did not respond to his proposal. On the same day, she said, Madhawu pulled her onto the sofa where he was sitting and became intimate with her.
He came back on several occasions in the same month and was intimate with her on the same sofa.
"On most occasions my father had no knowledge that he was in the house. He told me not to tell anyone saying it was a secret between us so I did not report to anyone.
"The first time he forced me but after that, it was by consent.
"When he came again in early August, I refused to be intimate with him and told him that I was pregnant. He came back later and asked why I had refused to sleep with him. He said I had refused because the pregnancy did not belong to him.
"After that he came on several occasions to visit my father but never again asked me to be intimate with him," the minor said.
In December her elder sister, who had suspected that she was pregnant because her tummy and breasts were uncharacteristically growing, took her to hospital for a pregnancy test.
A report was made to Gutu police and the suspect has already appeared in court for initial remand.news