An elderly Bikita man recently appeared before Masvingo magistrate Dambudzo Malunga for allegedly raping his 15-year-old sister-in-law.
Erasmus Mudadi (82) of Muredzi Village, Chief Ziki pleaded guilty to contravening Section 65(1) of Criminal (Coordination and Reform Act) Chapter 09:23.
He was remanded in custody until June 27.
It was the State’s case, as presented by Richard Nyaruomba, that sometime in January, the complainant started living with her sister who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity.
One day, Mudadi called the girl into his bedroom where he raped her.
After committing the offense, he threatened the 15-year-old minor against revealing the offence.
The abuse became habitual from that day onwards, with the abuser continuously threatening her against speaking up.
The matter, however, came to light when an adult relative questioned here after noticing some strange behaviour in the child.
The juvenile was referred to the hospital for medical examinations and the results were presented in court as evidence.