'Guard handcuffs, rapes niece'

MASVINGO - A Triangle Limited security guard who allegedly handcuffed his brother’s 16-year-old daughter before raping her was last week hauled before a Masvingo magistrate.

Elijah Makana, 35, appeared before magistrate Lyn Manyika facing charges of raping the minor, whose name has been withheld for ethical reasons.

Makana pleaded not guilty. He claimed the girl had consented to sex and the two were in an intimate affair. 

Manyika remanded him out of custody to March 24.

It is the State’s case that the security guard handcuffed the girl from the back and stuffed a piece of cloth in her mouth to mute her screams. He allegedly raped her on two occasions.

Prosecutor Mukai Mutume told the court that Makana raped the girl after he had, sometime in November last year, summoned her to his house and instructed her to wash his dishes as his wife was away.

The security guard allegedly tripped the unsuspecting girl to the ground while she was still washing the dishes and raped her.

After committing the crime, Makana promised the girl some gifts and threatened her against telling anyone.

The security guard is alleged to have summoned the girl again three days later and demanded to have sexual intercourse with her.

The girl tried to resist but again Makana made use of his trade tools and handcuffed her before raping her.

The court further heard that before he stuffed her mouth, the girl had made some noise and attracted the attention of neighbours, who then alerted the girl’s father.

The father interrogated his daughter who later narrated her ordeal. A police report was made, leading to Makana’s arrest.

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