A 38-year-old man from Hurungwe appeared before a Karoi magistrate recently facing charges of raping his 14-year-old stepdaughter at knifepoint.
She later fell pregnant from the repeated sexual assault. Prosecutor Mr Webster Dimingu told the court that the man (name withheld) allegedly committed the offence in May. The court heard that he repeatedly abused the girl and threatened her with death if she disclosed the offence.
Upon entering the room the man, who was armed with an Okapi knife, allegedly threatened to kill the minor if she shouted for help.
The man raped the girl on several occasions until the matter came to light through a tip-off on October 3 after the accused had travelled with his wife, leaving the pregnant juvenile in charge of their home- stead. The man, who is on free bail, will be back in court on December 5.