A Gweru based pastor with Ambassador Christ Church has been arraigned before the Gweru courts on allegations of raping a neighbour’s 11 year old daughter.

Shepherd Sande, aged 53, allegedly dragged the juvenile to his bedroom and raped her on two occasions.

Sande, from Woodlands Park, Gweru, appeared before magistrate, Judith Taruvinga who remanded him in custody to the 8th of December for trial.

The court heard that on a date unknown to the prosecutor but in August this year at around 1pm, the accused called the girl to his house as he wanted her to buy airtime for him.

When the juvenile returned, Sande told her to put the airtime in the dining room but later followed, dragged her to his bedroom before raping her once.

Further allegations are that in the same month, Sande saw the girl going to the nearby shops to buy bread and then gave her money to also bring him bread.

Upon her return, Sande allegedly led her to his bedroom where he raped her again.

When Sande made attempts to rape the girl on the third occasion, she refused and told her mother about the ordeal, leading to his arrest.