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Chinese national gets US$100 bail for rape

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Chinese national gets US$100 bail for rape



GWERU – Justice Sunsley Zisengwe sitting at the High Court in Masvingo has granted Chinese national Zhang Zhaowen (51) US$100 bail in a case he is accused of raping and impregnating his 16-year-old maid.
Zhaowen was granted bail on Monday and asked to surrender his passport to the Clerk of Court in Gweru as part of the conditions.
He had been remanded in custody to Friday by Gweru Regional Magistrate Christopher Maturure for continuation of trial.
Zhaowen of 14A Mine in Guinea Fowl, Gweru allegedly raped the minor (name withheld) when she was only 16 and working as his maid. The minor gave birth to a baby girl with Chinese features.
Circumstances are that Zhaowen raped the minor whom he had employed as a cleaner on November 15, 2022.
He allegedly dragged her into his office and raped her once. The minor did not disclose the matter and was later fired from work.
She visited her mother who suspected that she was pregnant. The girl disclosed details.
They did not file a Police report after suspecting that the minor was lying. She went on to give birth to a baby girl with Chinese features on July 2, 2023.
Her mother accompanied her to file a Police report leading to Zhaowen’s arrest.

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