‘Test me­ter’ rapist jailed for nine years

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Richard Muponde

A MAN from Fi­l­abusi will spend the next nine years in prison af­ter he raped his 12year-old neigh­bour and left her for dead in a bush.

Khum­bu­lani Ncube (27) of Thugu­l­ula vil­lage un­der Chief Maduna told the mi­nor he would use his man­hood as a ‘test me­ter’ to as­cer­tain if she was still a vir­gin.

He lured the girl from her home on the pre­text of go­ing for a church ser­vice.

Ncube pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape but Gwanda re­gional mag­is­trate, Mr Joseph Mabeza, con­victed him due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

He sen­tenced him to 10 years in prison and con­di­tion­ally sus­pended one year for five years.

In his de­fence, Ncube said he was in love with the mi­nor and en­gaged in sex with her as­sum­ing that she was 17 years old.

“I beg for le­niency from this court. I was in love with her. When I en­gaged in sex with her I thought she was an adult. I apol­o­gise,” said Ncube.

Mr Mabeza said the courts would not con­done sex­ual abuse and de­ter­rent sen­tences were ap­pro­pri­ate.

“Ac­cused per­son you took ad­van­tage of the mi­nor who looked up to you as a brother and abused her. Cases of church men rap­ing or abus­ing women and young girls are on the in­crease hence a clear mes­sage should be sent out to so­ci­ety to de­ter would be of­fend­ers,” said Mr Mabeza.

The court heard that on May 24, Ncube went to the girl’s par­ents’ house at around 6AM and re­quested to take her to church.

Along the way, he told the girl that he wanted to test her to as­cer­tain whether she was still a vir­gin.

Ncube told her that could only hap­pen by in­sert­ing his man­hood into her pri­vate parts.

He then raped the girl once and warned her not to tell any­one.

The mat­ter only came to light early this month when he fol­lowed the girl where she had been sent to fetch fire­wood by her granny.

He raped the girl un­til she felt ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain and left her un­able to walk and dis­ap­peared.

The granny made a fol­low up and found her ly­ing half naked in the bushes, un­able to walk.

The mi­nor said Ncube had raped her and a po­lice re­port was made lead­ing to his ar­rest.

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