Woman raped over $1to buy cig­a­rettes

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo

A NKAYI man (20) has been jailed for 20 years for as­sault­ing and rap­ing a woman who was on her monthly pe­riod af­ter she re­fused to give him $1 to buy cig­a­rettes on Tues­day.

Nkosiphile Mpofu pleaded guilty to rape and as­sault be­fore re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Tra­nos Utah­washe.

He said he des­per­ately needed cig­a­rettes when his vic­tim re­fused to give him money.

Mr Utah­washe jailed him for 20 years and be­moaned the in­crease of rape in the coun­try.

“You’re there­fore sen­tenced to 20 years im­pris­on­ment of which three years are sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour,” said Mr Utah­washe.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Robin Mukura said on Tues­day at around 2PM, the woman (24) who is a do­mes­tic worker was walk­ing alone along Ken­nil­worth-Iny­athi Road in Nkayi go­ing to the main road.

“She then saw Mpofu who was also walk­ing alone ap­proach­ing her from the op­po­site di­rec­tion. Mpofu greeted the woman and asked her for some money,” said Mr Mukura.

“The woman told Mpofu that she did not have any money and he im­me­di­ately struck her with open hands and threat­ened to stab her with a knife.”

The court heard that Mpofu dragged the woman into a nearby bush and she screamed though no one heard her.

“While in the bush, Mpofu threat­ened to pun­ish the woman by rap­ing her since she had re­fused to give him money. He then raped her once and ran away leav­ing her be­hind,” Mr Mukura said.

“The woman made a re­port and af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Mpofu was ar­rested.” — @ thamamoe

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