A 45 year old Harare man is in trouble for allegedly raping and impragnating his 17 year old daughter ostensibly on instructions from his "ancestral spirits."
The man reportedly sexually attacked the teenage girl sometime in December last year, and she is now over eight months pregnant.
Yesterday the man pleaded not guilty to a rape charge when he appeared before a Harare regional magistrate Fadzai Mtombeni.
In his defence he told the court that his daughter was promiscuous and was possibly impragnated by someone in Bulawayo.
He claimed she could have targeted him for chastising her over the issue.
Prosecutor Alan goche told the court that sometime in December 2011 towards Christmas holidays, the teenager was left in the custody of her father as the mother traveled to their rural home.
According to the state, the family used to occupy a one roomed house in the high density suburbs and the complainant would sleep in the dinning room together with the landlord's children.
But, on the day in question, the man is said to have arrived home at around 9pm and asked the complainant to serve him dinner.
The court heard that immediately after the teenager entered the room, the man closed the door and told her that traditional spirits in him needed to be exorcised by sleeping with her.
It is alleged he then pulled her onto his bed and raped her once wihout protection.
In March this year, the court heard, the man allegedly tried to sexually assault her again after buying her beer, but she refused to drink it and escaped from the room after wrestling him.
As if that was not enough, the complainant went to Mhondoro in April this year, but the father followed her and allegedly attempted to rape her again, which is when his luck ran out.
The court heard that the teenager raised alarm and shouted at him, prompting her grandmother to enquire. She the spilled the beans, leading to the man's arrest.
The man was remandend in custory to today.
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