Grandpa nabbed for raping toddler

HARARE - A 75-year-old Mazowe man appeared in court yesterday on allegations of raping his 21-month-old granddaughter.

The man (name withheld to protect identity of child) appeared before Harare magistrate Esthere Chivasa charged with rape.

He denied the charges saying he only called the toddler after offering to give her some fish he had cooked at his residence in Lowdale compound a few metres away from his daughter’s house.

“They are lying against me; I would never do such a thing to my daughter’s child. She (referring to his daughter) even knows that I did not commit this crime,” he said.

However, a medical report that has been tendered in court indicates that the victim’s genitals were attenuated from the alleged attack.

The victim’s mother said she did not suspect that her father sexually molested her baby until a doctor recommended that she files a sexual assault charge following a medical examination.

“Father was the last person to be with my daughter before she came back home and noticed that her privates were bruised. He had offered to give her some fish but took longer than I expected at his residence,” the woman testified.

“She had the fish in a plate when she returned and I noticed that she wanted to relieve herself. When I was wiping her, I realised that genitals were swollen and asked my neighbour what it could be. She advised me to go to the clinic where I was referred to a doctor.

“The doctor who examined my baby also referred me to the police and that is how this case ended up here. I have no bad blood with my father and would not have fabricated the case against him.”

Prosecutor Chipo Matambo alleged that on July 10, the grandfather passed by his daughter’s residence and offered to give his one-year-nine-month old granddaughter some fish.

The court heard that he went away with the baby for about 30 minutes before the minor returned later with fish in a plate.

It was alleged that the mother then noticed abnormality on her child’s genitals before the matter was reported to the police.

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