● 20-year-old male accused of indecent assault
● Accused still languishing in police custody
TWENTY-YEAR-OLD Gamuchirai Kasokeza on Wednesday appeared before magistrate Barbra Mateko for indecently touching the private parts of his nine-year-old female neighbour.
Kasokeza, who resides in Kuwadzana, Harare, appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts facing indecent assault allegations done on a minor.
The accused person and complainant are said to be neighbours.
It is the State’s case that in the afternoon of March 15, Kasokeza approached the complainant while she was playing out with her friends and took her aside.
He allegedly inserted his finger into the complainant’s privates.
After the incident, the complainant reportedly re-joined her friends.
The State claims the matter came to light when the complainant’s mother noticed that her daughter would continuously scratch her womanhood.
The complainant’s mother then reportedly offered the complainant a bath as means to find out the truth about what was happening to her but she declined.
The mother of the abused girl then reportedly took her daughter to a neighbour who advised her to conduct childline – a non-governmental organisation which deals with affairs affecting children – where she was advised to take the child for medical examination.
The complainant is said to have finally revealed what had transpired to the nurse who examined her.
The State told the court that there was a medical affidavit that could be used as an exhibit in court in the case.
Kasokeza, who is still in police custody, was remanded to May 7.