Teen blames rape on con­coc­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Reporter

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy from Mad­lam­budzi in Plumtree raped his five-year-old cousin four times af­ter drink­ing a tra­di­tional con­coc­tion to boost his sex drive.

The teenager, who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons, pleaded guilty to all counts.

“I was given is­gubhu (aphro­disiac) by my friends and I drank a few sips. I’m sure the stuff I drank led me to com­mit the of­fence.” he said.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Ti­nashe Dzipe told the court hat there would be need to look into pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions as the boy was not sen­tenced for his other crimes.

The boy’s fa­ther, who shared the dock with his son, told the court that his son had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for rape and stock­theft.

“Yes, my son was ar­rested for rape but the com­plainant’s mother re­fused to come to court so he was re­leased. He was later ar­rested for steal­ing don­keys,” said the fa­ther.

Bu­l­awayo re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Joseph Mabeza re­manded the teen out of cus­tody to to­day for sen­tenc­ing.

State al­le­ga­tions are that the vic­tim’s fa­ther found the boy in his daugh­ter’s blan­kets.

“Ac­cused used to go to the com­plainant’s home­stead when her par­ents were away in the fields. He would take ad­van­tage and rape the vic­tim and threaten to as­sault her if she told any­one about the or­deal,” said Mr Dzipe. — @tan­nytkay

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