Rape con­vict of­fered child vic­tim 10 cents

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A TEENAGER em­ployed as a herd­boy in Lu­pane raped his em­ployer’s four-year-old daugh­ter af­ter promis­ing to give her 10 cents.

Mpumelelo Moyo pleaded not guilty to rape when he ap­peared be­fore Hwange re­gional mag­is­trate Mrs Dam­budzo Malunga on Fri­day but was con­victed due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

The lit­tle girl is an Early Child­hood Devel­op­ment B pupil.

In May, the girl’s mother ar­rived home early from St Luke’s Hos­pi­tal where she works as a nurse and was wel­comed by a limp­ing daugh­ter who told her that Moyo had just raped her.

Moyo, from Mafinyela Vil­lage un­der Chief Mab­hikwa in Lu­pane, has a den­tist to thank for a non-cus­to­dial sen­tence af­ter the teeth spe­cial­ist es­ti­mated that he is aged be­tween 17 and 18 years.

The den­tist was con­sulted be­cause Moyo’s age was not known as he does not have any form of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Mrs Malunga re­garded Moyo as a 17-year-old, mak­ing him a ju­ve­nile and sen­tenced him to five cuts with a rat­tan cane.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Tawanda Si­gauke said the girl’s mother ar­rived home and found her daugh­ter strug­gling to walk fol­low­ing the sex at­tack.

“On May 8 the girl’s mother went to work and left her in the cus­tody of the ac­cused. At 1PM, Moyo in­vited the girl to a be­d­room hut upon which he lifted and placed her on the bed fac­ing up­wards and raped her once while promis­ing to give her 10 cents,” said the prose­cu­tor.

The court heard that Moyo was dis­turbed by the ar­rival of his vic­tim’s mother who called out her name.

The girl im­me­di­ately walked out of the hut and her mother no­ticed that she was walk­ing with some dif­fi­culty.

“The mother quizzed her daugh­ter who re­vealed that she had been sex­u­ally abused by Moyo. She was taken to St Luke’s Hos­pi­tal where a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion proved that she had been sex­u­ally abused,” said Mr Si­gauke.

Mean­while, the court was told that Moyo has an­other pend­ing case of rape which he com­mit­ted in the same vil­lage and is wait­ing to be sum­moned to court af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­pleted.-@ncubeleon —

Job seek­ers throng a prospec­tive em­ployer in a car along Fourth Av­enue be­tween Robert Mu­gabe Way and Josiah Ton­gog­ara Street in Bu­l­awayo re­cently, job seek­ers fre­quent the area in search of part-time em­ploy­ment. (Pic­ture by Den­nis Mudza­miri)

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