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    He raped me while I was on periods - complainant


    ETHEL MHURU

     MASVINGO  –  A 14-year-old girl from Nhanzva Village under Chief Zimuto has told a regional magistrate that her alleged rapist did not care that she was on her menstruation as he took out a condom and raped her.
    The accused Happymore Zizhou is 36 years old and the complainant described him in court as a violent person who would beat up or even stab girls with a knife if they spurned his advances.
    The matter is before Masvingo Regional Magistrate Dambudzo Malunga.
    It is the State case that on August 31, 2018 Zizhou went to the complainant’s house looking for Fortune Magama who was not at home that day. Zizhou offered the complainant a cell phone but she declined the offer and the accused left.
    On September 2, 2018 at around 8am, the complainant proceeded to the river to wash her clothes and the accused followed and greeted her but she did not answer him. Zizhou then proposed love to the complainant and she did not answer him.
    “I was afraid to tell him that I did not love him because he beats up people and even attack them with knives. He has never been arrested for the crimes,” said the complainant.
    He started fondling the complainant’s breasts but she pushed him away and told him to stop what he was doing.
    After that he grabbed her hand and pulled her to a bush, laid her on the ground facing upwards, she tried to push him but was overpowered.
    “He removed my black and white panty and realised that I was on menstruation. He wore a condom and raped me once. After raping me, he threatened to kill me if I told anyone” said the complainant.
    The complainant said that she did not report the matter immediately because she was afraid of Zizhou.
    On September 3, 2018 Zizhou went to where the complainant was fetching firewood and he tripped her to the ground before putting on a condom and raping her again.
    Complainant’s grandmother Fainett Zinaka interviewed her granddaughter about the matter and she told her everything.
    The matter was reported at Zimuto Base and the accused arrested. Medical reports will be produced in court.
    Zizhou was remanded out of custody to February 22, 2019 for judgement.


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