An 18-year-old Chipinge man accused of raping a 70-year-old woman after waylaying her inside her crop field has been remanded in custody to February 24.
The teenage suspect was not asked to plead when he appeared before Chipinge magistrate Clemence Ngeshiwa on Friday.
State allegations are that on February 7, the teenager found the ageing woman weeding her fields alone and raped her once.
He allegedly threatened to kill the woman if she dared scream for help or spill the beans.
However, the woman allegedly screamed for help drawing the attention of fellow villagers who rushed to her rescue but not before she was abused.
After the incident, the suspect allegedly fled and hid inside the crop field.
Villagers mounted a search party, arrested and handed him to police.
The court denied him bail arguing he was a flight risk considering the gravity of the charges he was facing.
Witness Nyamundaya prosecuted.