Raped for dad’s $50 debt

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wynne Zanamwe

A MVUMA man was sen­tenced to 15 years in pri­son for rap­ing the daugh­ter of a fel­low vil­lager who had failed to set­tle his $50 debt.

Christopher Chikukwa (33) of Vanzil Vil­lage, Mvuma ap­peared be­fore Gweru Re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Mor­gan Ne­madire fac­ing one count of rape.

The court heard the vic­tim’s fa­ther owed Chikukwa $50.

He went to the vic­tim’s home­stead at around 11 PM to ask for his money, found her alone and raped her.

Chikukwa had pleaded not guilty to the charge but Mr Ne­madire con­victed him. He will, how­ever, serve 12 years be­hind bars af­ter Mr Ne­madire sus­pended three years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

“Rape cases are on the in­crease and the court must give stiffer penal­ties to de­ter would-be of­fend­ers,” said the mag­is­trate.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr An­drew Ma­rimo, told the court that on Fe­bru­ary 5 at around 5PM, Chikukwa went to the com­plainant’s home­stead de­mand­ing $50 from her fa­ther.

At around 6PM, the court heard that the com­plainant’s fa­ther left home to at­tend a church ser­vice.

“Around 11PM the ac­cused re­turned to com­plainant’s home­stead and knocked at the com­plainant’s win­dow ask­ing if her fa­ther had left his money with her,” said Mr Ma­rimo.

The court heard that the com­plainant ad­vised the ac­cused that she had not been given the money.

He said Chikukwa asked for some food and the com­plainant al­lowed him to en­ter the house.

“When the com­plainant was about to go to her bed­room the ac­cused sud­denly grabbed the com­plainant, re­moved a white cloth from her head which he used to cover her mouth and he raped her once,” said Mr Ma­rimo.

He said the woman re­ported the mat­ter to their neigh­bours who teamed up with fel­low vil­lagers to ef­fect a cit­i­zen’s ar­rest. — @wyn­nezane.

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