Wednesday, 13 April 2016

METHODIST PASTOR ACQUITTED OF RAPE

A MUTARE-BASED Methodist Church in Zimbabwe pastor was last Friday acquitted of rape charges levelled against him after the complainant’s witnesses gave contradictory statements.

Gladman Chauya (33), who heads the church’s Mutare circuit, was facing charges of raping a female congregant, but was acquitted by Rusape regional magistrate, Livingstone Chipadza for lack of evidence.

The State had alleged that on January 10 this year, Chauya visited the complainant, who was not feeling well, at her residence and advised her to accompany him to his house, so his wife would give her medicine.

Upon arrival, the complainant found that Chauya’s wife was not at home. Chauya, the State had alleged, took the medicine and tried to massage the complainant, but she refused and asked to be allowed to go to the toilet.

The State alleged that Chauya dragged her into his bedroom and raped her.

The complainant allegedly reported the matter to the church elders and the police, leading to the clergyman’s arrest. Chauya was represented by Justice Fusire, while Malvern Musarurwa prosecuted for the State. newsday

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