20 years jail for cop who turned daugh­ter into sex slave

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tanaka Mrewa

A BU­L­AWAYO Traf­fic West po­lice of­fi­cer who turned his step-daugh­ter (15) into a sex slave, threat­en­ing to kill her if she ex­posed him, has been sen­tenced to 20 years in jail.

A court heard that the of­fi­cer bragged to the girl and her mother that he would de­stroy all the ev­i­dence if they re­ported him to the po­lice.

Cus­tom Farai (32) had pleaded not guilty to rape but Bu­l­awayo Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Chrispen Mberewere con­victed him due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

Mr Mberewere sus­pended five years from the 20-year sen­tence, for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

“This court seeks to pro­tect the girl child from so­ci­etal mis­fits like you. It does so by send­ing such peo­ple to jail for a very long time. In­stead of pro­tect­ing her you vi­o­lated her rights and used your po­si­tion of author­ity. Po­lice of­fi­cers should be at the fore­front of pro­tect­ing young chil­dren,” he said.

The court heard that the step-daugh­ter, who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons, had vis­ited her mother in Bu­l­awayo from Mutare.

She tes­ti­fied that her mother left her alone at home while she went to the shops with her other sib­lings.

“My step-fa­ther found me sweep­ing in the sit­ting room. He asked me to get his car keys from the bed­room. He came af­ter me and pushed me onto the bed. I fell on my back and he pinned me down with both hands. He raped me once. I bled dur­ing the process and I messed my clothes and the blan­kets. He pointed an okapi knife at me, threat­en­ing to stab me should I reveal the or­deal to any­one,” she said.

“He or­dered me to wash the blan­kets. When my mother re­turned, she asked me why I was wash­ing them. I was scared to tell her what had hap­pened,” she said. The vic­tim told the court her step­fa­ther be­gan ha­bit­u­ally rap­ing her when­ever her mother was away. She said when she fi­nally told her mother, she was fu­ri­ous and con­fronted Farai. “He chased us around the house and threat­ened to kill us both if we re­ported him to the po­lice. He said it was easy for him to make the ev­i­dence against him dis­ap­pear be­cause he is a po­lice of­fi­cer.” The girl’s mother tes­ti­fied that Farai got ag­gres­sive when her daugh­ter fell sick and he re­fused to let her go to hos­pi­tal.

“He said I should take her to Dube, his friend who is a prophet so that he could pray for her. I told him that my daugh­ter had missed her pe­ri­ods but he didn’t seem both­ered. He brought her some tablets but still re­fused to give us money so that she could go to the hos­pi­tal,” she said.

It was not dis­closed in court what the girl was suf­fer­ing from.

In his de­fence, Farai said: “We had an ar­gu­ment with my wife af­ter I told her that I wanted to marry a sec­ond wife. She said it would be bet­ter that I marry her daugh­ter than to marry a stranger.”

The pros­e­cu­tor, Mr Sim­barashe Manyiwa, said the girl’s ev­i­dence was con­sis­tent.

“Her mother de­nied of­fer­ing her in marriage and you failed to chal­lenge her. Nei­ther could you chal­lenge that you are an abu­sive man. You failed to chal­lenge the al­le­ga­tion that you threat­ened to use your po­si­tion to con­ceal ev­i­dence against you, nei­ther could you ex­plain why you re­fused to take your daugh­ter to the hos­pi­tal,” he said. —@tan­nytkay

Cus­tom Farai

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