A Paradise Church church prophet is in hot soup after he forced himself on a 17-year-old girl as part of his a healing session.
Family members had consulted the ‘prophet’ to heal the young ladys swollen legs.
Gilbert Chauke(33), who comes from Villi-villi village under Chief Chitanga, was not formally charged when he appeared before the Mwenezi Magistrate Honest Musiwa last Friday but was remanded in custody for the alleged rape that occurred in November last year.
It is alleged that the girl had developed an inflammation of the legs and her family decided to engage Chauke.
The ‘prophet’ reportedly agreed to visit the girl’s homestead in Tafara village under Chief Neshuro.
After praying for the girl, Chauke is said to have instructed girl’s family members to go into the bush for more prayers while he and the girl remained at home for ‘further healing’.
After they had left, Chauke instructed the girl to lie down and allegedly raped her before threatening the girl with some strange objects he used in his ‘prophesies’.
He is said to have warned the girl that if she reports the matter, she would die.
Chauke is said to have used the same modus operandi to rape the girl on several other occasions. The matter only came to light this year after the family members noticed the girl was pregnant.
The suspect, who was already on the run after receiving a tip off that police detectives were after him, was arrested last week.