14 years jail for man who raped ex-girl­friend’s daugh­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

A 35-YEAR-OLD man from Masvingo will spend the next 14 years in jail for rap­ing his ex-girl­friend’s 14-year-old daugh­ter at knife point.

The man, whose name has been with­held to pro­tect the iden­tity of the vic­tim, went to the girl’s homestead, took ad­van­tage of her mother’s ab­sence and raped her once at knife point be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore Masvingo re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Co­let Ncube yes­ter­day, the man from Mar­o­dzwa Vil­lage un­der chief Charumbira, pleaded not guilty to rap­ing the Form One girl.

Mr Ncube, how­ever, convicted him due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

The rapist was jailed for 16 years and two years were sus­pended on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Mr Ncube said the man de­served a stiffer jail term for wast­ing the court’s time by cre­at­ing un­be­liev­able sto­ries to evade con­vic­tion.

“The fact that you wasted the court’s time by cre­at­ing sto­ries that are un­be­liev­able in­stead of telling the truth makes you a can­di­date for a de­ter­rent sen­tence. You lied to the court that the girl’s mother, whom you claimed to be your girl­friend, framed you. Your ev­i­dence was never cor­rob­o­rated by any of the three wit­nesses who tes­ti­fied,” said Mr Ncube.

In mit­i­ga­tion, the man said his fate was de­cided by the girl’s mother (45) who wanted to fix him for fail­ing to con­tinue pro­vid­ing for her daugh­ter.

“The girl’s mother had ditched me and wanted to fix me by ly­ing that I raped her daugh­ter as I could no longer pay the girl’s school fees. I used to sup­port her fi­nan­cially but due to eco­nomic hard­ships I had since stopped. It is un­for­tu­nate that only a few peo­ple knew about my re­la­tion­ship with the girl’s mother and I can­not bring a wit­ness,” he said. — @wal­terbm­swazie2.

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