A 33-year-old Mvuma man was on Friday acquitted on charges of unlawful entry and raping a 69 year old woman for lack of evidence.
Allegations were that Francis Kapumhura sneaked into the complainant's bedroom hut at night, entered into her blankets and then proceeded to sodomise her.
Kapumhura was later arrested with police basing charges against him on gumboot prints that were said to match his since the woman had failed to identify her assailant.
But Gweru regional magistrate, Morgan Nemadire, said the courts could not rely on witnesses who just point to accused people without properly identifying him.
Nemadire said in such cases the courts would give the accused the benefit of the doubt.
Prosecutors had told the court that on February 7, 2013 at around 3am, Kapumhura sneaked into the woman's bedroom hut which was unlocked.
He entered into the blankets of the woman and allegedly held her by the neck, forced her to face downwards before sodomising her.
After sodomising the woman, Kapumhura is alleged to have forced the complainant to face upwards and raped her once before running away from the scene.
The woman told a neighbour about her ordeal and gumboot prints were later used to link the accused to the alleged crime.