By Court Reporter
A HARARE man was Thursday dragged to court on allegations of raping his 10-year-old daughter and infecting her with HIV.
The father, who cannot be named to protect the victim, appeared before Harare magistrate, Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing one count of rape and deliberate infection.
He was remanded in custody and was ordered to apply for bail at the High Court since he was facing a serious offence.
According to prosecutors, the offence came to light two years after the abuse when the victim was tested for HIV at a clinic which was offering free services in Norton.
It is State’s case that the girl’s parents divorced and the accused married another woman.
The minor remained staying with her father and a stepmother at Borrowdale Country Manna, Crowhill.
Court heard that sometime in November 2016, the girl’s stepmother went to their rural home leaving the minor with her father.
It is alleged that on the same day the stepmother went away, the accused then approached his daughter and told her that he wanted to have sex with her.
Prosecutors further allege that he promised to make the minor his wife but she cried in protest.
The man then left her alone and they later retired to bed.
During the same night, the father went on to rape the minor who woke up in the morning only to discover she nolonger had her underwear on.
In addition, her clothes were soiled with blood and she had difficulties in walking.
The minor informed her father about this but he allegedly ordered her not to disclose the abuse to anyone.
Last year, the girl’s biological mother started staying with her daughter in Norton.
On March 3, a local clinic was conducting free HIV testing services and the girl’s mother took her for the tests which came out positive.
Shocked by the outcome, the mother questioned her daughter who disclosed the abuse leading to the case being reported to the police.
Sebastian Mutizirwa prosecuted.