A 35-year-old Chinamhora woman allegedly forced her teenage daughter to have sex with her 48-year-old stepfather while she watched.
The woman and her husband yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Mrs Vongai Muchuchuti-Guwuriro. They are facing rape charge.
Mrs Guwuriro remanded the couple in custody and advised them to apply for bail at the High Court.
Prosecuting, Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that sometime in January 2014 the man started living with his wife and her teenage daughter at Zimbiru Village, Chief Chinamhora.
Sometime during the same month, at around 8pm, the woman called her daughter to join her and her husband in the bedroom.It is alleged that she closed the door and instructed her daughter to strip and have sexual intercourse with her step- father.
When the teenager refused her mother struck her twice with a rubber sjambok. It is alleged that the teenager was frightened and got on her mother’s bed where her stepfather raped her while her mother watched.
The court heard that the teenager started bleeding and her mother instructed her to take a bath.
It is alleged that she was raped several times that night. The following morning the teenager was threatened by her mother not to reveal the sexual assault or she would poison her or throw her into a well.
The teenager kept quiet.During the same month, the teenager was instructed to have sexual intercourse with her stepfather while her mother watched. The court heard that the abuse ended after the stepfather separated with the teenager’s mother.
In October last year, it is alleged that the teenager went to live with her father at Gukwe Village under Chief Chinamhora. The court heard that the teenager was traumatised and opened up to her stepsister. The stepsister told the parents and a report was made to the police leading to the arrest of the pair. herald