A 21-year-old University of Zimbabwe student has been brought before the court accused of raping his niece.
The suspect, Terrence Musekiwa, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga who released him on $1000 bail and strongly warned him not to interfere with State witnesses till the matter is finalised.
The court heard that in April this year just after the first 21 days of the national lockdown, Musekiwa and the complainant were at home while her parents were at work and her siblings were playing outside.
Musekiwa reportedly told the complainant to take her books to his bedroom so that she would study under his supervision and when she entered the room, he reportedly told her that he loved her and she kept quiet.
He then pushed her onto the bed and took off her clothes and raped her but she didn’t scream because he had told her that he would beat her up if she did, the court heard.