HARARE - The State yesterday closed its case against incarcerated Independent End Time Message founder Robert Martin Gumbura on a fresh rape charge.
Prosecutor Kudzai Chigwedere led evidence from three witnesses.
The State’s last witness, Chido Chawanika, a Zimbabwe Republic Police victim friendly officer, confirmed that the complainant reported the matter to him on March 18, last year before leaving for South Africa.
Gumbura’s lawyer advocate Thembinkosi Magwaliba notified the court of his intention to apply for acquittal of the pastor at the close of the State’s case.
Magwaliba will file the application on July 11 before Harare magistrate Fadzai Mthombeni passes her ruling on July 15.
Gumbura, who is currently serving a 40-year jail sentence is jointly charged with his secretary Tendai Ganyani.
Chigwedere alleged that the 57-year-old man of cloth literally adopted the woman as his child and was responsible for her school fees and general upkeep.
The court heard that in 2009, the woman was summoned by Ganyani to Gumbura’s office.
Upon arrival, Ganyani went out and locked the door from outside, leaving her in Gumbura’s company.
Gumbura allegedly raped the woman, before threatening to curse her if she ever reported the matter. After the incident, the court heard that Gumbura phoned Ganyani to return to the office and unlock the door.