MASVINGO – A 71-year-old village head from Tokwe Village under Chief Chimombe in Gutu appeared in court on July 7 after he was allegedly caught red handed raping a 14 year-old girl.
Mathias Tokwe appeared before Patience Madondo at Masvingo Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody to July 21 for continuation of trial.
The allegations are that on a date unknown to the State but in March 2020 the complainant arrived at Tokwe’s place where she was sent to collect sugar and shoes by her aunt.
The accused told the complainant that the said goods were in the house. He followed, allegedly grabbed the complainant and dragged her to his bedroom.
He forcibly removed the girl’s pant and dropped his trousers before raping her.
A villager who had seen the girl entering the room peeped through the window and saw the accused dressing up while the complainant lay on the bed crying.
The villager ordered the complainant to report the matter to her aunt which she did but the aunt did not make a Police report.
On May 15 ZRP Basera received a tipoff and investigations led to the arrest of the accused.
Eunice Shoko represented the State.https://masvingomirror.com