A CHIVI commuter omnibus driver deliberately delayed a 14 year-old passenger travelling to Beitbridge then offered her overnight accommodation and went on to rape her four times throughout the night, a local court heard.
Courage Madanha, 22, pleaded not guilty to rape when he appeared before Masvingo magistrate Lyn Manyika on Wednesday.
Madanha claimed he was in love with the teenager and told the court that before the alleged rape, he had told the girl that he could drink her bathing water to show his affection.
"She is just framing me, we were actually so in love that even before we had sex I had told her I could drink water she had just finished bathing with," Madanha told the court.
Recounting the rape, prosecutor Sofia Busvumani said the teenager boarded Madanha's vehicle with the intention of first going to Ngundu and then proceeding to Beitbridge where she stays.
The court heard that Madanha employed delaying tactics until around 2000hrs when he advised the girl that they could no longer travel to Ngundu since it was too dark.
Madanha then offered the teenager overnight accommodation at his friend's place at Chivi growth point.
During the night he entered the room where the minor was sleeping, switched off the lights and joined the girl in bed.
The court heard that the girl questioned Madanha why he was switching off the lights but was threatened with being chased out of the room in the dead of night.
Fearing that she would be thrown out, the girl remained quiet and Madanha removed her clothes and went on to rape her four times during the night.
The following morning the court heard that Madanha escorted the girl to Ngundu where she boarded a haulage truck to Beitbridge.
Upon arrival at her aunt's place, she was asked why she had not travelled the previous day and she narrated her ordeal.
A report was made to the police leading to the arrest of Madanha the same day.