A TSHOLOTSHO woman allegedly charged her daughter’s rapist $350 to conceal the abuse and only made a report when the man’s family failed to pay.
This came out during Admit Mbiriviri’s rape trial before Bulawayo regional magistrate Mr Mark Dzira.
Mbiriviri allegedly raped a domestic worker on June 16 this year and gave her Dettol antiseptic to wash her body afterwards.
He pleaded not guilty to rape.
The woman told the court that she notified her mother of the matter and was surprised when she heard that Mbiriviri’s family wanted some negotiations.
Mbiriviri’s lawyer, Mr Tafadzwa Chipare from Sengweni and Partners alleges that the woman’s mother received money for transport from the accused for negotiations and made the rape reports when things turned sour.
He applied for discharge at the close of the State Case.
Mr Dzira remanded the matter to Thursday this week, when he will deliver his ruling on the application.
Prosecuting Mr Tinashe Dzipe said on June 16 at around 1AM at a homestead where both Mbiriviri and his victim are employed, their employer who was away asked them to get her daughter’s shoes.
“Mbiriviri asked the woman to hold a torch while he entered a hut to get the shoes. He took the shoes and then asked the maid to join him in his bedroom as he had bought a new bed,” said Mr Dzipe.
“He held her hand and when the woman refused, Mbiriviri then forced his way into her room. He pushed her down, raped her once and took Dettol and used it to wipe himself. He also took the same Dettol and gave the woman asking her to wash herself. The woman notified her neighbour the following day and a police report was made leading to Mbiriviri’s arrest,” said Mr Dzipe.