Tendai Gukutikwa Weekender Reporter
A CHIMANIMANI teacher, who was dragged before the courts on allegations of raping a nine-year-old Grade 3 pupil, has been acquitted by the courts.
Mutare regional magistrate Mrs Loice Mukunyadzi acquitted Danile Mirisi (42) after a full trial.
He was facing rape charges as defined in Section 65 (1)(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
Mr Walter Saunyama prosecuted.
Allegations were that Mirisi, a teacher at Ngangu Primary School, on March 5 called the complainant and three other minors to assist him to carry his groceries from school to his homestead.
Soon after arrival at his home, Mirisi dismissed the other two juveniles and gave the third one a 50c bond coin to go and buy some chips for herself.
It was alleged that he later invited the minor into his bedroom where he raped her once after gagging her.
He was alleged to have given the minor a $2 note to buy her silence.
In acquitting Mirisi, Mrs Mukunyadzi said there was not enough evidence to convict the suspect and that the State witnesses were contradicting each other.