GWERU — A 60-year-old Chirumanzu man appeared in court on Monday charged with indecent assault after he allegedly fondled a mentally-challenged woman from his village.
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The suspect, Saverio Chimhoga from Toendepi village under Headman Chigegwe, denied the charge when he appeared before Gweru magistrate Mildred Matuvi.
He told the court he only helped pull down the complainant’s skirt after it was blown up by wind.
The court heard the incident happened on October 10, 2010.
State allegations are that on the day in question, Chimhoga met the woman (29) near her homestead and accompanied her while fondling her breasts.
The woman’s mother, who was coming from church, kept a safe distance as she monitored the drama unfolding.
Upon arrival at the homestead, both the complainant and Chimhoga sat on a stone as the latter continued fondling the woman’s breasts.
The complainant’s mother only drew closer and intervened after Chimhoga allegedly dipped his fingers into her skirt.
The mother allegedly ordered him to stop abusing her daughter and leave the place immediately before she reported the matter to police. In his defence, Chimhoga told the court the day was windy and he only helped pull down the woman’s skirt after it was blown up by the wind. The trial continues tomorrow with the complainant’s younger sister testifying.
Stancelous Nyemba prosecuted.