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    Monday, 9 October 2017

    Rusape head ‘rapes’ mentally retarded pupil

    NYASHA MUSAMBASI

    RUSAPE – People gathered in a Rusape Magistrates Court were left stunned when a head of a private school in the town appeared charged with raping a 15-year-old mentally retarded Form 1 pupil.
    The State said the accused school head expelled the girl from school when she started  spreading word that she was in love with the former.
    Evans Gotora (28), the head of Arise Private College in Rusape pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Magistrate Livingstone Chipadza on Wednesday last week.
    It is the State case that Gotora who is both the school head and the complainant's teacher convinced the latter that the two make love and he allegedly  carried her on a bicycle from school to his place of residence in Mabvazuva. 
    On a day not known to the prosecutor but during the period extending from the January 20 to May 31, 2017 the complainant was playing outside the classroom while other children were attending lessons and that is when Gotora allegedly took the girl to his house at number 972 Mabvazuva, Rusape.
    The accused unlocked the door and they got in and he allegedly fondled the girl's breasts, removed her pant before he raped her once on the bed.
    The State said because it was the complainant's first time to have sex, she bled and she was given a tissue by the accused to wipe off the blood. She was allegedly warned against telling anyone about the alleged rape.
    The complainant however, told another pupil who spread the word at school. Gotora then expelled the complainant for telling people that the two were in love and they had slept togethet
    In court Gotora accused the complainant of uttering baseless accusations because she is mentally challenged. He also accused the parents of making up the story. He argued that he expelled the pupil from the school because she was making unfounded stories against him.
    The complainant's mother said she was hurt by the school head's action and she will never send her daughter to school again as men will take advantage of her mental state.
    She said she believed her daughter's story because the daughter managed to identify the house from where she was allegedly raped even though they looked for the houses at night.
    The alleged rape was discovered when the complainant's aunt shaved the complainat's genitals and noticed that there was penetration. She asked the girl who then blamed her head. The complainant's mother immediately reported the matter to the Police.
    The accused was remanded out of custody to October 6, 2017.
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