Teen gets 15 years for rape of wheel­chair bound sis­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

A NKAYI teenager has been sen­tenced to 15 years in jail for rap­ing his 22-year-old wheel­chair-bound sis­ter.

The teen threat­ened to stab his sis­ter with a knife and set her hut on fire if she told any­one.

A court heard how the 19-year-old man barged into his sis­ter’s room ut­ter­ing ob­scen­i­ties and stripped her naked be­fore he raped her.

The man, who can­not be named to pro­tect his sis­ter, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape say­ing the al­le­ga­tions had been fab­ri­cated out of hate be­cause he had re­buked his sis­ter and mother.

“Your Wor­ship, these two peo­ple are ly­ing to this court. I never raped my sis­ter. Ac­tu­ally she is an­gry at me be­cause I told her off af­ter she sold my four chick­ens and a goat with­out my con­sent. As for my mother, she has a string of boyfriends so I told her I won’t re­spect them and she got cross with me,” he said.

His sis­ter tes­ti­fied that her brother threat­ened to burn her in her hut if she re­vealed the sex at­tack to any­one.

Bu­l­awayo Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Chrispen Mberewere con­victed the teenager of rape and sen­tenced him to 15 years in jail.

“Three years will be sus­pended for five years on good be­hav­iour. This court does not con­done such be­hav­iour. It’s shock­ing how you even man­aged to do some­thing so hideous to your blood sis­ter. This sen­tence will be a warn­ing to other rapists out there that this court will never tire to in­car­cer­ate dan­ger­ous peo­ple. You are still young and have a lot to learn about life. Prison will help you to ma­ture and re­alise the grav­ity of your of­fense. You couldn’t even con­sider that your sis­ter is dis­abled and in­stead of pro­tect­ing her you abused her,” said Mr Mberewere.

Mr Sim­barashe Manyiwa for the state told the court that the teenager took ad­van­tage of his mother’s ab­sence to rape his sis­ter.

“Ac­cused snatched a blan­ket that was cov­er­ing com­plainant and stripped her. He raped her once. Later in the same month, ac­cused stormed into com­plainant’s hut and ut­tered ob­scen­i­ties. He called her an ar­ro­gant wo­man. He raped her once again. He pro­duced an okapi and threat­ened to set her hut on fire and burn her to death if she told any­one,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.—@tan­nytkay.

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