A church elder in Zimbabwe charged with raping 12-year-old niece said he wanted to feel what sex with a child is like.

A church elder who is standing trial at a Masvingo Regional Court in Zimbabwe,

Edwin Marecha, for allegedly raping his 12-year-old niece, sent the court into rapturous laughter when he begged for mercy and said he wanted to feel what it was to have sex with a child, I-Harare reports.

The 57-year-old Marecha, a pastoral elder of the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ), was alleged to have brutally defiled the girl » at his home in Jaravani village in Gutu after his wife had gone to the bore hole to fetch some water.

While pleading for mercy as a first offender, Marecha told the court:

“I can confirm that I called her in the kitchen when my wife had gone to the bore hole. I forced her to sleep on the floor and removed her pants then I had sex with her.

I did not enjoy the act as I expected because my manhood did not penetrate her small private parts. I continued until I ejaculated.”

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But the judge did not take his plea as he was ordered to be remanded in prison custody pending when he will be sentenced.