Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dad rapes 2-month-old daughter (Zimbabwe)



Zimbabwe: Father Rapes 2 - Month-Old Daughter

10 March 2014

A 39-YEAR-OLD Harare man allegedly raped his two-month-old daughter twice when his wife left the child alone with him. The haulage truck driver was not formally charged with aggravated indecent assault when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe, who remanded him in custody and advised him to apply for bail at the High Court.

His trial begins on March 18.

Prosecutor Ms Sharon Mashavira alleges that on February 23 this year, the man told his wife to leave the child with him as she did the laundry outside.

The court heard that after 30 minutes the mother heard the child wailing and rushed to investigate.

It is alleged she found her husband holding their baby and rocking her in his arms.

She took the baby and breastfed her as the husband left the house, the State says.

The mother allegedly discovered that the minor's private parts were swollen when she changed her diapers.

She told her husband that she suspected the minor was sexually assaulted and the man allegedly asked her if she had any suspects.

It is alleged the woman did not comment.

On March 5, the father was again left with the girl while the mother went to buy food, the court heard. On her return she found the baby sleeping and prepared breakfast for her husband who left soon after eating.

When the child awoke, the mother bathed her and saw a fluid flowing from her private parts, "turning the water oily".

The mother examined the baby and again observed that her private parts and the anal area were bruised and swollen, it is alleged.

Not suspecting her husband, she informed a neighbour who advised her to report the matter to the police leading to the man's arrest.