A 26-year old suspected rapist arrested last month on allegations of raping his employer’s three-year-old girl, was freed last Thursday after the complainant’s mother dropped the charges against him on religious grounds.
BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
Kudakwashe Mudede heaved a sigh of relief as provincial magistrate Tendai Mahwe freed him after the complainant’s mother indicated her undisclosed religion forbade her to set foot and testify in a court of law.
Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa told the court that the complainant’s mother had already left for Pakistan to evade being summoned to take to the witness’ stand.
The State had accused Mudede of abusing the trust bestowed on him as the complainant’s family driver and raped the minor on July 2 this year.
The alleged matter came to light after the minor told her mother she had been sexually abused by Mudede, leading to his arrest.
The child was medically examined and it was discovered she had been sexually abused.