Child raped as mother sleeps

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube

A MAN from Lu­pane who raped his sis­ter’s five-year-old daugh­ter while the mother took a nap has been jailed for 15 years.

Hwange re­gional mag­is­trate Mrs Dam­budzo Malunga jailed Ed­more Ndlovu (21) from Ma­thetheni Vil­lage in Lu­pane after he ap­peared be­fore him fac­ing one count of rape.

Agreed facts are that on Au­gust 25 at around 1PM, Ndlovu’s sis­ter took a nap and her brother called the girl and raped her.

Ndlovu pleaded guilty and was sen­tenced to 15 years in jail.

He will how­ever, serve an ef­fec­tive 12 years after the mag­is­trate sus­pended three years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

The court had a tor­rid time deal­ing with Ndlovu’s case as he kept his eyes glued to the floor.

He also spoke in a very low voice and the mag­is­trate and prose­cu­tor strug­gled to hear him.

Asked why he com­mit­ted the of­fence, Ndlovu didn’t an­swer but kept look­ing at the ground.

The girl is in an Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment class at a lo­cal school.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Bheki Tsha­bal­ala said the rape was only dis­cov­ered by a rel­a­tive who no­ticed a whi­tish dis­charge from the girl’s pri­vates days later.

“On Au­gust 25 at 1PM, the girl was play­ing in the yard when the ac­cused per­son called her into a bed­room hut see­ing that her mother had dosed off,” said the prose­cu­tor.

Mr Tsha­bal­ala said Ndlovu spread some blan­kets on the floor and or­dered the lit­tle girl to lie fac­ing up­wards and then raped her once.

The girl didn’t tell any­one about the abuse un­til the dis­cov­ery of the whi­tish sub­stance from her pri­vates.

She im­pli­cated her un­cle lead­ing to his ar­rest.

The vic­tim was re­ferred to St Luke’s Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment — @ncubeleon.

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