A MVUMA man raped his two daughters aged six and three-years before turning on his six-year old niece, a court heard. The man aged 30, of Village 5, Baru area, Mvuma, appeared before Magistrate Tayengwa Chibanda facing five counts of rape. The accused who was not asked to plead, was remanded in custody to October 20 for trial.
Prosecuting, Owen Madhuveko, told the court that from June 21 to July 30 this year, the accused’s wife went to visit her uncle and left him with the complainants. He said while the six-year-old girl was sleeping in the company of her three-year-old sister, the accused awakened her and had sexual intercourse with her once.
The court heard that the man took his daughter’s underwear and wiped his semen from her privates before he throwing it under the bed. The man, Madhuveko added, raped the girl once more when his wife had gone to attend a funeral sometime between June and July this year. “Sometime in June, the accused called the complainant who was washing dishes to his bedroom hut where he threw her on the bed and raped her,” he said.
Madhuveko told the court that during the same period, the accused was left in the custody of his six- year-old niece by her mother who had gone to Harare. The court heard that when his niece was sleeping with his six-year-old daughter, he went into their room and got inside their blankets. Madhuveko told the court that the accused started fondling the girl’s chest and told his daughter to cover her head with a blanket so that she would not see his shenanigans.
“The accused then raped his niece once,” said Madhuveko. The court heard that during the same period on a different date, accused approached his niece and daughter accusing them of making noise before he ordered them to go to bed. Madhuveko said the accused then followed the two girls into their bedroom and raped his niece again in the presence of his daughter.
He said on August 14, the accused’s wife attended a church gathering and left the accused with his children and the niece. “The accused sent his six-year-old daughter and the niece to fetch water from a nearby well. He then called his three-year-old daughter into the kitchen hut and raped her once,” said Madhuveko. He said when the accused’s wife came back, the three-year-old narrated her ordeal and a report was made to the police leading to the accused’s arrest.