ZVISHAVANE - A 72-year old grandfather raped and impregnated his 14-year-old granddaughter before forcing her to implicate an innocent man.
The elderly man, of Gunyani Village under Chief Masunda, appeared before resident magistrate Archie Wochiunga facing charges of rape as defined in Section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody to a later date for continuation of trial.
It is the State's case, as presented by prosecutor Eunice Muderedzwa, that on October 22, police received a report that in the period extending from January to June this year, the accused was staying with his 14-year old granddaughter.
It was heard that the accused told the victim that he could give her food only if she had sexual intercourse with him. The complainant agreed to the demands and they had sexual intercourse several times on different occasions.
The court further heard that the girl fell pregnant and the accused concealed the offense by ordering the complainant to elope to another person.
The victim later gave birth but the baby died and was buried at the accused's homestead before the complainant divulged the secret to her mother who then made a police report leading to the arrest.