Brother rapes, impregnates sister

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A 26-year-old Chinamora man, who allegedly raped his sister and impregnated her, has appeared in court facing three counts of rape.

Regional magistrate Daniel Shonhiwa remanded him in custody to February 7 next year and advised him to apply for bail at the High Court.

It is the State’s case that between June and November, the complainant who was sitting
in the garden after watering the vegetables was pulled by the accused before fondling her breasts and raped her without protection.

It is alleged the brother threatened to assault the complainant should she report the matter to anyone.

On count two, it is alleged the accused accompanied his sister to a prophet and along the way, started touching the complainant’s buttocks and forced her to the ground in a gulley and again raped her.

On the third count, the State told the court the accused approached the complainant when she was alone at home and dragged her into a hut where he allegedly raped her, again without protection.

The matter came to light in November when the complainant eloped to her boyfriend who questioned her pregnancy whereupon she revealed the rape cases.

The two brought the case to the attention of complainant’s sister which led to the accused’s arrest.

Kudzai Chigwede prosecuted.

Meanwhile, International Socialist Organisation co-ordinator Munyaradzi Gwisai and two others facing allegations of attempting to trigger a “North African-style revolt” in Zimbabwe, were yesterday temporarily given back their passports.

Magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini also suspended the reporting conditions of the 37-year-old socialist firebrand together with Antonater Choto and Hopewell Gumbo till January 9 next year.

Gwisai and his co-accused’s trial was expected to continue yesterday, but the defence instead applied for the release of the accused’s travel documents and relaxation of bail conditions.

The defence also persistently challenged the identity of State star witness Jonathan Shoko.