February 28, 2006

ZIMBABWE : Anglican priest remanded on charges of indecent assault

African News Dimension

February 28, 2006,

By Andnetwork.com

AN Anglican Church priest facing allegations of indecently assaulting a 14 yearold girl, who is a boarder at a school run by the church, has been granted $3 million bail.

Pearson Chikombe (28), who works and stays at St Gabriel High School in Bulawayo, was ordered to reside at his new address, Number 5 Mupane Lane, Newton West and should not go to his workplace until the matter has been finalised.

He was remanded to his trial date which has been set for 14 March.
He was further ordered not to interfere with State witnesses and to surrender his travel documents if he has any.

When he initially appeared in court before Mr Cephas Masaka Sibanda, he was remanded in custody so that alternative accommodation could be found before the issue of bail could be considered.

The State case against him is that on 29 January, Chikombe called the complainant, who was within the school yard and asked her if she had ever been to a chapel.He allegedly told her to go and wait by the chapel door so that he could show her around.

Posted by kshaw at February 28, 2006 08:27 AM