Man (40) rapes daugh­ter’s friend (9), gives her 50c

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

A 40-YEAR-OLD Plumtree Town Coun­cil worker al­legedly raped his daugh­ter’s nine-year-old friend and gave her 50 cents to buy her si­lence.

Tjidzani Sibanda who is sta­tioned at the Plumtree Coun­cil Wa­ter and Sewer Depart­ment and stays in Ge­orge Silundika sub­urb al­legedly called the girl into his bed­room while she was play­ing with his daugh­ter.

Sibanda ap­peared be­fore Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa fac­ing a rape charge.

The mag­is­trate re­manded him in cus­tody to Septem­ber 16.

Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said Sibanda com­mit­ted the of­fence on Au­gust 31.

“The ju­ve­nile was at Sibanda’s house play­ing with his daugh­ter and other friends. Sibanda called the girl into his bed­room and he raped her once and gave her 50 cents to stop her from re­port­ing the mat­ter,” she said.

Mrs Sibanda said the girl re­ported the mat­ter to her par­ents re­sult­ing in Sibanda’s ar­rest.

In an­other in­ci­dent a 41-year-old Bulil­ima man was sen­tenced to 18 months im­pris­on­ment for bed­ding his work­mate’s 13-year-old daugh­ter.

Mehluli Ndlovu who works at Mbokodo Butch­ery in Figtree told the court that the ju­ve­nile was his girl­friend.

Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon con­victed Ndlovu on his own plea of guilty to hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with a young per­son.

He sen­tenced Ndlovu to 24 months im­pris­on­ment but sus­pended six months on con­di­tion that he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence within the next five years.

In pass­ing his sen­tence, Mr Phile­mon lashed out at Ndlovu for vi­o­lat­ing a young child.

“You are a grown man and you say your el­dest daugh­ter is 12-years-old. How would you feel if a man of your age rav­ished your daugh­ter just as you have this ju­ve­nile? You are a dan­ger to the so­ci­ety be­cause you take ad­van­tage of young chil­dren,” he said.

Prose­cut­ing, Ms Mavis Gwafa said Ndlovu started hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with the girl from April and her mother dis­cov­ered the of­fence in Au­gust.

“In April Ndlovu pro­posed love to the ju­ve­nile. He in­vited her to his house where he had sex­ual in­ter­course with her. He fur­ther in­vited her sev­eral times to his house where he con­tin­ued to have sex­ual in­ter­course with her.

“On Au­gust 18, the ju­ve­nile’s mother be­came sus­pi­cious. She ques­tioned her daugh­ter who later re­vealed what had tran­spired between her and Ndlovu,” she said.

Ms Gwafa said the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice re­sult­ing in Ndlovu’s ar­rest. — @DubeMatutu.

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