A 13-year old girl from Shurugwi was allegedly raped by her church mate after she had rejected his love proposal. The 18-year old alleged rapist cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his victim. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of rape after appearing before Shurugwi magistrate Mr. Pride Gomera. He was remanded out of custody to the 4th of May.
According to the State:
The accused person started to propose love to the complainant but she turned down the proposal. While they were walking, the complainant and the accused person approached a bushy area and the accused person then tripped the complainant who was walking in front of him. He then dragged her into a bush.
After raping the complainant he fled from the scene and was later arrested after the girl reported the matter to her grandmother.