TEACHER RAPES GRADE 5 PUPIL newsdzeZimbabweNewsdzeZimbabwe | #teacher | #children | #kids

 A teacher from Mudzi has been arrested on allegations of
raping a Grade 5 pupil. Maxwell Homwe (48), who resides in Nyamusenda village,
is a widower with three children and alleges he has been framed in an extortion
case.

It is the State’s case that he raped the girl at her
grandmother’s house. He initially appeared before a Mutoko magistrate on
September 22 charged with rape and was remanded in custody with instructions to
apply for bail at the High Court. He has since approached the higher court and
is denying the charge.

Through his lawyer, Mr Batanai Pesanai, Homwe in his
defence argued that he was being framed after the grandmother tried to extort
money from him by accusing him of an illicit association with the girl.

“The presumption of innocence should further leverage
against continued detention of prisoners awaiting trial,” read part of his
brief defence.

According to the State, sometime in March this year, Homwe
allegedly went to the girl’s house where she stays with her grandmother during
the night and sneaked into her bedroom before raping her.

It is not stated in the court papers how the matter came to
light. Herald



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