A self-proclaimed prophet from Zviratidzo Apostolic Church appeared before a Chiredzi magistrate facing charges of raping and impregnating a 15-year-old Grade Six schoolgirl.

Public prosecutor Ngwarai Muchini told magistrate Honest Musiyiwa this week that on June 19 this year, Josphat Gwema Chingombe (51) took advantage of the trust bestowed on him by the juvenile’s parents and raped the complainant.

Muchini said the girl was allegedly raped while sleeping in the dining room which the accused had offered to the child’s parents.

The two families share the same house in Tshovani township and Chingombe is the caretaker.

The accused allegedly sneaked from his bedroom into the dinning room where the girl was sleeping after hatching a plan to rape her, the court was told.

Chingombe then allegedly grabbed the girl’s throat and closed her mouth so that she could not scream. He then allegedly raped the minor.

The matter came to light when the juvenile’s mother asked her after she started showing pregnancy signs.

She quizzed the girl who revealed the sexual attack, leading to Chingombe’s arrest.

A medical report produced in court showed that there was penetration and that the girl was pregnant.

Magistrate Musiyiwa remanded Chingombe in custody to August 4. Chingombe was also advised to apply for bail to the High Court.