Lovemore Meya Court Correspondent
A headmaster at Sunview Private College in Chitungwiza who allegedly fondled a Form 2 pupil at the school on two occasions, and threatened to expel her from the institution if she revealed the offence, yesterday appeared in court.
Peter Ngandu (48) of Gwarigwati Village in Seke , however, denied two counts of indecent assault charges when he appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Mr Lazarus Murendo. He was remanded to August 13 on $50 bail. In his defence, Ngandu told the court that the minor was bent on tarnishing his image since on the day in question the girl was absent from school.
“I have enough evidence that the complainant did not come to school on the day in question. Rather, she only came at around 6pm accompanied by her grandmother when she had slept at her boyfriend’s house,” he said.
Ngandu accused the minor of being a troublesome child who was also a gossip monger and a liar.
He claimed she also proposed love to Form 3 and Form 4 boys at the school.
“She would entice them with good quality food, money and her grandmother even confessed that the girl has problems of stealing at home and lying. She also called her grandmother’s friend in South Africa proposing love,” claimed Ngandu.
The prosecutor, Mr Tatenda Mukatera, alleged that on July 24 this year, Ngandu allegedly fondled the 14-year-old’s breasts and she never told anybody. This was after Ngandu allegedly threatened to chase her away from the school.
He reportedly repeated the act by fondling her back when she was sweeping at the reception.
The matter came to light when she was asked by her grandmother about her missing cellphone, which she took to school.
This was the time she revealed to her that Ngandu had been fondling her and the matter was reported to police leading to his arrest.