Crime and Courts

Zvandasara rape trial of toddler (3) on Thursday  

MILLICENT HUNGWE

MASVINGO-The trial of Tichaona Zvandasara who is accused of raping a 3 year old will resume on 28 March this Thursday.

Zvandasara first appeared in court on February 9 facing allegations of violently raping a 3 year old at a house that they share with the father’s victim as they are both Masvingo City Council employees.

He was asked to apply for bail at the High Court which freed him on ZW$500 000 bail on February 19 where he was represented by four Masvingo top lawyers on pro bono basis.

The court heard that on the 6th of February the complainant’s aunt left home for Mucheke rank leaving the toddler with other siblings aged 12, 7, 10 and 5 years old.

At around 6pm, the victim went to the toilet and when she was about to get out of the toilet, she saw the accused standing by the entrance.

She was allegedly dragged by the accused back into the toilet and he closed the door and instructed her to lie down facing upwards.

The accused allegedly removed his trousers and lifted the complainant and forcefully inserted his erect penis.

She cried due to the intense pain that she was being subjected to, but the accused threatened to stab her with a knife.

Tichaona then realized that the complainant was bleeding, he instructed her to clean herself and she complied returning back to the other siblings without telling any one.

When the aunt came at around 9pm she noticed was having serious difficulties in walking and was wearing a wet pant.

She thought the baby had wetted herself, but upon enquiring she said it was blood oozing out of her private parts.

The aunt went on to ask her why she was bleeding and she narrated her ordeal, but pleaded with her not to tell anyone as the accused would kill her.

The next day the aunt went with the complainant to the police and they took the bloodied pant.

The complainant went for medical examination at Masvingo Provincial Hospital and the report will be used in court as part of the evidence.

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