Girl attempts suicide over prophet

A SELF-styled Kuwadzana prophet reportedly molested a 15-year-old girl at his residence after convincing her that he wanted to conduct “deliverance sessions”, a court heard this week.

Regiment Chigorimbo, 25 of Harare appeared before regional magistrate Lucy Mugwaru charged with rape and having sex with a minor.

He denied the charges and claimed that the act was consensual.

Prosecutor Chipo Matambo alleged that sometime in May last year the complainant, 15, was suffering from “spiritual attacks” and her mother sought help from Chigorimbo.

The court heard that she proceeded to Chigorimbo’s shrine along Bulawayo Road and he offered to stay with the victim saying she needed to go through deliverance.

The mother then surrendered her daughter at Chigorimbo’s residence and she stayed there for three months with his family.

It was alleged that in August last year; the minor was left in Chigorimbo’s custody as his wife went to her rural home.

Around 8pm that evening Chigorimbo was sitting with the juvenile in the dining room and suddenly began fondling her breasts.

The court heard that the complainant resisted and told Chigorimbo to stop but he refused.

Chigorimbo allegedly grabbed the girl and pulled her to his bedroom before throwing her onto his bed.
He reportedly removed his clothes before forcibly undressing the girl and raped her.

After the act, Chigorimbo made unspecified threats to the girl and not to reveal the ordeal to anyone.
It was alleged that after the first encounter the girl started consenting to having sex with Chigorimbo.
She was later “delivered” and left Chigorimbo’s house but he would still go and collect her from her house to engage in sex.

The girl was no longer interested but could not resist as her mother would force her to go with Chigorimbo whenever he requested.

The offence later came to light when the juvenile attempted to commit suicide by taking rat poison to avoid Chigorimbo.

She later revealed the abuse to her aunt and was assisted to file a police report before going for medical examinations. —Tarisai Machakaire

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