Harare-based preacher Tapiwa Freddy who was this week arrested for rape has been released on free bail by Harare Magistrate Denis Mangosi.
The court was told that the police and the National Prosecuting Authority used the summons route to get him to court hence free bail.
The self-professed prophet is being represented by Everson Chatambudza and Malvin Mapako.
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The Goodness and Mercy Ministries leader who is also a gospel musician appeared in court this Thursday facing charges of raping a 33-year-old woman.
He was arrested Wednesday on allegations of raping the woman after promising to assist her with the upkeep of her child.
The court heard that in 2020, three months after the death of the complainant’s husband Freddy proposed love to his would-be victim who turned down the offer due to her traditional beliefs which impose a year-long period of mourning on the surviving spouse.
The court further heard that sometime in November last year, Freddy visited the complainant’s rural home to see her child.
Prosecutor Anesu Chirenje told the court that soon after returning from the complainant’s rural home, Freddy raped her: Chirenje said:
The accused (Freddy) went straight to the complainant’s bed. After some few minutes, the accused person stood up and faced the complainant. He told the complainant that he was now her husband.
“The complainant rejected the offer. Despite the complainant’s refusal, the accused took off his clothes. Taking advantage of the complainant’s amputated left hand, the accused person forcefully placed the complainant on the bed… and raped her once without her consent.
The complainant cried for help but no-one heard her because of the distance between her bedroom and that of the next person. After the rape, the accused person asked the complainant to consider him as her husband from that time on.
It is also alleged that sometime in August this year, Freddy took the complainant to Moja Shopping Centre in Mbare where he physically abused the woman and nearly overran her after an argument.
Freddy was remanded out of custody to the 6th of next month for trial.