A 49-YEAR-OLD man from Mbembesi area, Matabeleland North province, allegedly turned his 15-year-old step-daughter into a sex slave that he raped several times, resulting in her falling pregnant.

The alleged sexual abuse took place from 2018 to November last year.

At one point, the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, tried to rape the girl when she was heavily pregnant and also soon after she gave birth.

On the last occasion he only stopped after the girl, who still had stitches, fervently pleaded with him to spare her as she was still in pain.

Circumstances are that on a date unknown, but sometime in 2018, the alleged rapist step-dad, who is employed as a domestic worker approached his stepdaughter while she was in her bedroom and allegedly raped her once.

It is reported that after sexually abusing her and in a bid to buy her silence he threatened to kill her if ever she reported the matter to anyone.

It is alleged that the girl, who refused to be silenced, told a neighbour of the alleged rape ordeal. The neighbour then alerted the complainant’s mother.

The complainant’s mother reportedly refused to buy the story.

It is further reported that from that day until sometime in November 2020, when the girl was heavily pregnant, the accused had been raping the girl on several occasions.

The girl reportedly felt helpless as she was always being threatened by the accused and on the other hand by her mother who didn’t believe her.

During that same month when the girl was heavily pregnant and was about to give birth, her mother reportedly could not believe her eyes when she busted the accused struggling with the girl while trying to rape her.

At the height of the struggle the accused was covering the girl’s mouth with his hand to stop her from screaming for help.

After being busted the alleged rapist reportedly threatened both the girl and her mother with death if ever they reported him to the police.

On 30 December 2020 and during the night the accused went to the complainant’s room and tried to rape her, but the girl reportedly pleaded with him not to do so saying she was in in pain because of the stitches she had received after giving birth.

The man ended up caressing her thighs while comforting her saying she should heal soon so that he can have sexual intercourse with her.

On 31 December her mother gathered courage when she went and reported the matter to the police leading to the arrest of the alleged rapist step dad.

For the offence of defiling his step daughter, the man was brought before Bulawayo magistrate Stephen Ndhlovu facing a rape charge.

He was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody to 23 April 2021.

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