A Pakistan couple whose three-year-old daughter was allegedly raped by their Zimbabwean driver has fled the country for fear of appearing in court which they said is against their religion.
The accused, Kudakwashe Mudede (26) was yesterday removed from remand after State indicated that the complainant had gone AWOL.The prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa told the court that the complainant cannot come to testify because the family fled to Pakistan after indicating that it was against their religion to come to court.
The mother checked her private parts and saw blood on her pant.
The court heard that the toddler opened up to her mother and said Mudede had raped her.
It is alleged the toddler indicated that Mudede threatened to throw her outside their precast wall and feed her to dogs if she disclosed the sexual assault.
The mother reported the matter to the police and Mudede was arrested.
The toddler was sent for medical examination and her medical report was kept as exhibit.
Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe presided over the matter.