A PSYCHOLOGIST has confirmed to the court that Radio Zimbabwe presenter Rutendo Makuti sought counselling services as she was failing to deal with trauma after the alleged rape by Goodness and Mercy Ministries leader, Tapiwa Freddy.
Freddy is facing charges of rape and his trial continued this Monday with the State closing its case after leading evidence from six witnesses.
One of those witnesses was psychologist, Alice Muridzo. She told the court that she offered counselling services to Makuti who was struggling to deal with the trauma associated with sexual abuse.
Muridzo also told the court that the complainant confided with her that Freddy had forced himself on her and that the alleged abusive relationship was suffocating her.
Quizzed by the defence why she did not help the complainant to report the matter, the psychologist said rape survivors deal with trauma differently adding that as a counsellor she had no obligation to report the matter to the police.
Another witness, a digital forensic expert Tafadzwa Victor confirmed the authenticity of the audios submitted by the State as evidence.
In the audio, a man believed to be Freddy is heard repeatedly begging the radio presenter not to report the matter to the police opting for an out of court settlement.
Freddy is also heard in the audio begging for forgiveness from Makuti and describing the issue at hand as very sensitive.
In his defence through his legal representative, Freddy initially argued that it was premature to use that audio as evidence before questioning the authenticity of the video.
Freddy is facing two counts of rape and one of assault and Makuti testified this Thursday that she was threatened with a spiritual curse if she refused.
The court heard that Freddy told Makuti that even if she reports the case, it was going to suffer a still birth since he was connected to officials from the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the National Prosecuting Authority.
The third witness Gibson Jaji confirmed that Freddy attended a meeting at Chief Chikwaka’s homestead where the issues concerning the alleged abuse were discussed.
The State then closed its case after leading evidence from six witnesses with the defence giving notice to file an application for discharge at the close of the State’s case.
The defence will submit a written application by the 31st of this month with the State responding by the 4th of February.
The presiding magistrate is expected to make a ruling on the 8th of February.