The trial of a Windmill Private Limited Company boss who is facing allegations of raping and impregnating his 15-year-old relative failed to kick off yesterday at Harare Magistrates’ Court after he raised some exceptions.
George Rundogo, said he could not prepare a defence outline and he made an application requesting for some DNA tests and a police running diary so that he could prepare for trial.
He also indicated that his lawyer was ‘hooked up’ and will be available on April 30 for the trial.
Harare magistrate, Hosea Mujaya granted the application but also said that on April 30, the trial should kick off even if Rundogo’s lawyer is not there.
The matter was remanded to April 30 for trial.
The State alleges that on December 29 last year, at around 1pm, the complainant received a phone call from Rundogo who instructed her to meet him in town the following day and receive money to buy some groceries.
It was reported that on December 30, at around 9am, the complainant met Rundogo at Market Square bus terminus in Harare and he took her to his office at Long Chen Plaza in Belvedere.
Whilst the minor was in his office, he gave her US$900 which was meant for her welfare.
He entered into another room where he took a mattress which he laid on the floor and he instructed the girl to lie down but she refused.
Rundogo then dragged down the complainant onto the mattress and she tried to wrestle but he overpowered her.
The State alleges that Rundogo removed the complainant’s undergarments whilst he was pressing her legs onto the ground and he unzipped his trousers before raping her without protection.
On February 12 this year, at around 1pm, the complainant revealed the matter to her science teacher after she discovered that she missed her menstruation cycle for two consecutive months.
It was also reported that on February 13, the complainant filed a police report at ZRP Mutoko and she was referred to Mutoko General Hospital where she was medically examined and it was discovered that she was pregnant.