Gregory Katerere allegedly sodomised his two cousins aged 12 and seven after giving them dagga.Katerere (22) was yesterday brought before the Harare Magistrates’ Courts charged with sodomy.

He was not asked to plead to the charges when he appeared before magistrate Mr Rogers Kachambwa who remanded him in custody to November 4 this year.His trial date has been set for November 25. The State led by Ms Joyce Fusire is alleging that sometime between May and this month the first complainant (12) went to the garden with Katerere who forced him to smoke dagga.

After smoking the intoxicating herb, it is alleged, Katerere led the boy to a banana plantation where he forced him to lie on the ground facing downwards before he sodomised him. After the act, Katerere allegedly threatened to assault the boy if he disclosed the matter to anyone.

During the same period, Katerere reportedly went to the garden with the seven-year-old boy and forced him to take dagga before sodomising him. On October 9, it is alleged, Katerere accosted the 12-year-old boy in his room and ordered him to lie down and sodomised him.

During the same month and using the same tactic, Katerere allegedly went to the garden with the seven-year-old boy where he sodomised him in the banana plantation.

The State further alleges that on another occasion Katerere went with the two boys to the garden where he forced them to smoke dagga. Katerere then allegedly sent the elder one to drive away cattle from the garden. During the elder boy’s absence, it is alleged, he sodomised the younger one.

The offence came to light when the seven -year-old boy was seen smoking dagga by a neighbour who informed her grandmother.

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