Woman collapses in court

Woman collapses in court
Published: 2013 October 22 21:34:34 (12537 Views)
An elderly woman collapsed while giving evidence on the witness stand at the Regional Court housed at Tredgold Building.

The woman (name withheld) was a defence witness in a case where her husband is being accused of four counts of raping their 14-year-old granddaughter.

According to court officials, the woman collapsed when she was being cross examined by prosecutor Mr Goodluck Katenaire.

"We were shocked because the woman was initially responding well to questions and maybe later on she felt that she could not longer handle the situation.

"From the way she was testifying, it seemed she was trying to cover up for her husband and as the prosecutor kept questioning her, she suddenly collapsed and everyone was shocked," said an official on condition of anonymity.

The woman reportedly told the court that she could not continue responding to questions and immediately collapsed.

An ambulance reportedly came about 30 minutes later and she was rushed to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) although it could not be established whether she was admitted or not.

The State's case is that her husband (name also withheld to protect the minor girl) from Nkayi allegedly sexually abused the juvenile who was doing Form One at a local school in 2009.



The grandfather and the minor girl were alone at home when he called her to his bedroom and threatened to bewitch her if she refused to sleep with him.

It is alleged that he raped her once on that particular day.

The court was told that the girl fled to her maternal grandmother in the same area and sometime in September last year, the old man followed and brought her back home where he allegedly raped her again.

On another night, the grandfather allegedly forcibly ordered the girl to sleep in his bedroom hut and allegedly raped her once before letting her go to her room.

The court was told that the man later that night followed his granddaughter to her room and allegedly raped her once again.

He ran out of luck in October last year when he allegedly wrote a letter to the juvenile girl and the note was intercepted by a relative.

A report was later made at Gwelutshena Police Post leading to the old man's arrest.

The matter continues tomorrow when the magistrate Mr Collette Ncube expected to give judgment.



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