A 22-year-old woman shocked the court after asking to withdraw two counts of rape against a man who forced himself on her, claiming that they are now in love with each other.
The woman identified as Talent Zvenyika, stunned the court after she asked for the withdrawal of the charge against William Chiocha who allegedly raped her on two occasions last year.
38-year-old Chiocha, was set free after Magistrate Fadzai Mutombeni withdrew the case after the plea.
Zvenyika claimed that after the rape incidences, she had fallen in love with the alleged rapist as they had enjoyed consensual sex on several other occasions and they had asked each other for forgiveness.
It was the State’s case that the accused raped the complainant twice on different occasions during her husband’s absence.
The complainant then divulged the rape ordeals to her husband after a while upon realising that her husband’s friend, Ozias Dzaramba had not told him as she had asked him to.
Her husband then reported the case at Charter Police Base.
“I am not the one who reported the case to the police. Although I did not consent on the first and second times, we later on indulged in consensual sex on several other instances after we asked each other for forgiveness for previous cases. We are now in love and therefore the case can be withdrawn,” Zvenyika told the court.