Step­daugh­ter rapist jailed 15 years

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wynne Zanamwe

A MAN (54) has been sen­tenced to 15 years in jail for rap­ing his step-daugh­ter (14) twice when her mother, who later con­cealed the crime, had gone to church.

The rapist whose iden­tity has been with­drawn to pro­tect the iden­tity of the mi­nor, lived in Man­dizvidza Vil­lage un­der Chief Nhema in Shu­rugwi.

He ap­peared be­fore Gweru Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Mor­gan Ne­madire fac­ing one count of rape and pleaded not guilty.

Mr Ne­madire found him guilty and jailed him. The man will how­ever serve 12 years in jail after Mr Ne­madire sus­pended three years of the sen­tence on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

Pros­e­cu­tor, Mr Kelvin Gu­vheya said in De­cem­ber 2014, the girl was left in the cus­tody of her step­fa­ther as her mother went to church at Poshai busi­ness cen­tre.

“The ac­cused per­son en­tered into the bed­room where the com­plainant was seated and with­out say­ing any­thing, he pushed the com­plainant down and raped her once,” he said.

Mr Gu­vheya said after the com­plainant’s mother came back home, she found her daugh­ter cry­ing but she did not open up on the abuse.

After four days, the court heard that the girl fi­nally told her mother that she had been raped.

“The mother quickly dis­missed her say­ing that she was be­ing clever for noth­ing and no old man could do such a thing,” said Mr Gu­vheya.

Two weeks later, the com­plainant was again left in the cus­tody of her step­fa­ther who raped her for the sec­ond time after call­ing her into his bed­room.

“The of­fence came to light when the com­plainant vis­ited her bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther and re­vealed the mat­ter to a neigh­bour who took her to the po­lice where a re­port was made lead­ing to the ar­rest of the step­fa­ther,” said Mr Gu­vheya.

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