Fungai Lupande Court Reporter
Pama Meats owner Andreas Livaditakis yesterday appeared in court accused of “sodomising” his 19-year-old gardener.
Livaditakis (44) appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Hoseah Mujaya facing four counts of aggravated indecent assault.
In his defence, Livaditakis said he is attracted to women and not men.
“The complainant is my former employee. During the duration of his employment this man had disciplinary issues,” Livaditakis said through his lawyer, Mr Ephraim Ndlovu.
“The accusations were reported after he was advised of a transfer. The charge, counts and allegations are pursuant of a scheme to extort, intimidate and smear him.”
Narrating his ordeal, the former gardener said Livaditakis also set his dogs on him whenever he entered his residence.
“In everything that pained me in my life the sexual assault pained me the most,” he said.
“I was afraid of him because he kept a gun in his house and I also feared losing my job. He was also in the habit of setting his dogs on me. He gave me money after the sexual assault to supplement my $70 monthly salary.”
Prosecutor Mr Ephraim Zinyandu alleged that sometime in January last year at around 9am, the complainant was alone in the tuck-room washing watering cans.
Livaditakis allegedly entered the room holding a cup of fruit juice which he offered to the gardener.
After drinking the juice the complainant felt dizzy and weak.
Livaditakis allegedly started fondling and kissing the complainant.
He allegedly bent him over and sodomised him.
Livaditakis gave the complainant $100.
The court heard that in March around 1pm Livaditakis called the complainant into his bedroom and started fondling him.
He sodomised him and gave him $70 before ordering him to go back to his work.
In August he sodomised him again and gave him $30.
On another day in August, Livaditakis called the complainant into his bedroom and started kissing him before sodomising him.
The complaint told Livaditakis that he was going to report him to the police.
He promised to give him $5 000.