A 62-year-old man from Concession, Mashonaland Central province, is facing allegations of sexually
abusing his neighbor’s 10-year-old daughter and taking pornographic pictures of her.
The abuse, which began in 2020, was brought to light when the accused was discovered in possession of
explicit images of the minor on his mobile phone.
On November 16, the police received a tip-off regarding semi-nude photos involving a learner from alocal primary school on the accused’s mobile phone.
Acting swiftly, the authorities arrested the 62-year-old man, who appeared before Magistrate Mr Amos Mbobo.
The accused, a self-employed bricklayer,now faces grave charges and is currently in custody.
According to the prosecutor, Mr Carson Kuwanda, the accused initially visited the workplace of the
complainant’s mother in 2020, where he purchased quarry stones.
During this encounter, he invited the complainant, who was with her mother, to his house.
Once there, he showed her pictures of his house on his mobile phone, threatening her with death if she did not comply with his wishes.
He released her to go to school but instructed her to visit him whenever she desired.
The most disturbing incident occurred on November 13 when the complainant visited the accused in the
morning before going to school.
He handed her his mobile phone, instructing her to watch pornographic videos. He then proceeded to pull up her uniform and sexually assault her.
Shockingly, he also took pornographic pictures of her private parts while caressing them with his left hand, which had an animal wristband.
After the assault, he gave her a dollar and allowed her to leave.
Following a tip-off, the police used the explicit photos to identify the minor, conducting inquiries at
Dandamera Primary School.
On November 17, the complainant was interviewed in the presence of the school`s guidance and counseling teacher, where she bravely opened up about the abuse.
She provided a detailed description of the accused’s left hand, which had an animal skin wristband, as well as his room, which lacked a floor but contained black leather sofas with cream cushions, a black stove, a white, a big plasma television, and white curtains.
Source ZTN- The Herald