Daugh­ter rapist gets 30 yrs in jail

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

A 50-YEAR-OLD di­vorcee from Masvingo has been sen­tenced to 30 years in prison for rap­ing his daugh­ter (15).

The man, from Gwanyanya Vil­lage un­der Chief Ma­panzure, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape when he ap­peared be­fore Masvingo re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Co­let Ncube yes­ter­day.

Mr Ncube, how­ever, con­victed him due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence and sen­tenced him to 15 years for each count.

He, how­ever, sus­pended five years for five years on con­di­tion he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence within the pe­riod.

Mr Ncube de­plored the man’s be­hav­iour say­ing he be­trayed the trust that his chil­dren had in him by rap­ing an in­no­cent girl who looked up to him for pro­tec­tion.

“You are a dis­grace to your fam­ily and even society. You de­serve a de­ter­rent sen­tence.

“I won­der how you can jus­tify rap­ing your own daugh­ter, your own blood. This girl looked up to you for guid­ance and se­cu­rity but you be­trayed your chil­dren’s trust,” said Mr Ncube.

In mit­i­ga­tion the ac­cused said the rape case was fab­ri­cated by his ex-wife be­cause there is bad blood be­tween the two.

“My wor­ship, I did not rape my daugh­ter but the matter was fab­ri­cated by my wife who is still bit­ter over our di­vorce. There is now bad blood be­tween the two of us. She wants me to rot in jail so that she can as­sume cus­tody of our chil­dren,” said the ac­cused.

For the Sate, Mr Tavonga Musina said the di­vorced man who lived with his three chil­dren raped the girl twice.

“Some­time in May the man first raped her in his car. On the sec­ond count on May 11 the ac­cused raped the ac­cused in his bed­room,” said Mr Musina.

The court heard that the matter came to light when the girl went to visit her mother at Ne­mamwa Growth Point where she nar­rated what she had gone through at the hands of her fa­ther on the fol­low­ing day.

The mother called the girl’s two broth­ers and they con­firmed the two in­ci­dents.

She made a for­mal re­port to the po­lice lead­ing to the man’s ar­rest.— @wal­terbm­swazie2

Chil­dren perch dan­ger­ously at the back of a mov­ing ve­hi­cle in Emakhan­deni, Bulawayo yes­ter­day. There is a risk of them fal­lling off the mov­ing ve­hi­cle, get­ting in­jured or worse

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