A 43-year-old woman is alleged to have forced her 12-year-old niece to be intimate with her (the aunt's) teenage boyfriend in exchange for cooking oil.
Constance Musonza and her 18-year-old boyfriend, Talent Chigadzira, were arrested last week on charges of rape and abuse of a minor. They later appeared before Bindura magistrate Mr William Bhila who remanded them in custody.
Prosecutor Mr Nyasha Chengeta told the court that Musonza and Chigadzira had been dating for a long time. He alleged Musonza - who assumed the girl's guardianship after her parents died - sent the minor to Chigadzira's home to collect cooking oil on several occasions. She would also allegedly instruct her to remove her underwear once she arrived, allowing Chigadzira to sexually abuse her.
It is further alleged that Musonza did not take any action after the girl reported that her privates, at some point, bled profusely after the abuse. She, in fact, the court heard, reminded the minor that Chigadzira was providing them with cooking oil.
The State also alleged Musonza, Chigadzira and the girl were working in a maize field on a particular day when the 43-year-old suddenly returned home, pretending to have forgotten "something".
The abuse only came to light after hospital authorities queried the origins of the infection.