Step-daugh­ter rapist jailed 17 years

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

A MAN from Mpopoma sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo has been sen­tenced to 17 years in jail for rap­ing his step­daugh­ter.

The step­fa­ther (43) raped the girl (17) while her mother was away in South Africa and of­fered her $1 to buy her si­lence.

Bu­l­awayo re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Chrispen Mberewere sen­tenced the man to 17 years in jail.

He sus­pended three years for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Mr Mberewere said the courts are there to pro­tect the girl child from sex preda­tors.

“The girl child is con­stantly in dan­ger of be­ing abused es­pe­cially by peo­ple who are right­fully sup­posed to be look­ing after them. This court is there to make sure that such peo­ple are taken away from so­ci­ety,” he said.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Sim­barashe Manyiwa told the court that the man went into his step­daugh­ter’s bed­room while she was asleep, locked the door and crept into her bed.

“Com­plainant was awak­ened by the ac­cused’s move­ment in her bed. He cov­ered her mouth with his hand, re­moved her panties and raped her. After the of­fence he gave her a dol­lar and told her not to di­vulge the at­tack to any­one,” said Mr Manyiwa.

The com­plainant’s mother be­came sus­pi­cious when her daugh­ter’s per­for­mance at school de­te­ri­o­rated. She questioned her and she re­vealed that she was stressed fol­low­ing the rape by her step­fa­ther.

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