Prophet jailed over evil scars rape

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Wynne Zanamwe

A 57-YEAR-OLD prophet from Mberengwa has been sen­tenced to 20 years in jail for rap­ing a 16 year old girl af­ter claim­ing that he was re­mov­ing evil scars from her pri­vate parts.

The ac­cused of Zi­vavose Vil­lage un­der Chief Mataruse, Mberengwa, who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of the mi­nor, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape when he ap­peared be­fore Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Mor­gan Ne­madire.

The mag­is­trate con­victed and jailed him to 20 years for both counts. Five years were sus­pended on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour. In pass­ing the sen­tence, Mr Ne­madire said the prophet took ad­van­tage of a girl who, judg­ing by her age, could be his grand­child.

“You were a prophet and the com­plainant and her mother took you in but you took ad­van­tage of that and sex­u­ally mo­lested the com­plainant.

“The age dif­fer­ence is wide and you could have been the com­plainant’s grand­par­ent and you should have been re­spon­si­ble of her as you would have your own grand­child,” said the mag­is­trate.

“You have pleaded not guilty to the two counts say­ing that you were in a re­la­tion­ship with the mi­nor and the two of you had agreed to have sex. How­ever, the com­plainant said that you forced your­self on her and the doc­tor’s let­ter shows that there were tears on her hy­men that were still fresh.”

Mr Ne­madire re­jected the prophet’s claims that he in­tended to marry his vic­tim upon fin­ish­ing Form Four.

In his de­fence, the con­vict said the com­plainant had agreed to have sex­ual re­la­tions with him.

“I deny rap­ing the com­plainant. We had ac­tu­ally agreed on hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course on the night in ques­tion. She was the one who came to where I was sleep­ing and started to se­duce me.

“Also her mother was the one who had fa­cil­i­tated my vis­its and pushed me to ask her to marry me,” he said.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Kelvin Gu­vheya said in May, the com­plainant and her mother met the prophet and he told them that the com­plainant had evil scars on her body and they were sup­posed to be re­moved.

“On June 6 the ac­cused re­moved scars on the com­plainant’s toes and fin­gers and told the com­plainant that he was now tired and would come back the fol­low­ing day. The ac­cused for­got his knobker­rie in the bed­room hut and he came back on the fol­low­ing day at around 12AM knock­ing at the com­plainant’s bed­room. “The ac­cused said that he had for­got­ten his knobker­rie and also wanted to re­move the re­main­ing evil scars on her body,” said Mr Gu­vheya.

He told com­plainant that the re­main­ing scars were on her pri­vate parts and he was sup­posed to shave her pu­bic hair.

Soon af­ter he had shaved her, he forced the com­plainant to lie down and raped her twice. — @wyn­nezane

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