HIV+ man sodomises 7-yr-old fe­male cousin

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube Court Re­porter

AN HIV pos­i­tive man from Umguza in Mata­bele­land North has been sen­tenced to 15 years in jail for the anal rape of his seven-year-old cousin.

Mar­shall Ndlovu (24) of Ha­mara Farm ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mr Crispen Mberewere for rap­ing the seven-year-old girl who is in Grade One.

He pleaded not guilty and said the girl’s par­ents had cooked up the false al­le­ga­tions against him.

“This is a set up. My un­cles told their child to tell the court that l raped her. I didn’t rape her. My un­cles want to get rid of me from their house be­cause I’m an or­phan and they said I eat too much food,” Ndlovu said.

Mr Mberewere said the court was sat­is­fied that the State had proven its case against Ndlovu be­yond any rea­son­able doubt.

He said a med­i­cal re­port also showed ev­i­dence of sex­ual abuse.

The mag­is­trate sen­tenced Ndlovu to 15 years in prison, but sus­pended three years on con­di­tion that he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar crime.

“Rape is an of­fence that of­fends so­ci­ety and trau­ma­tises com­plainants for life. To en­sure the safety of women and the girl child you are sup­posed to be in jail for an ef­fec­tive 12 years.

“It is sad that in­stead of pro­tect­ing your lit­tle cousin you de­cided to make her a rape vic­tim,” he said.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Sim­barashe Manyiwa said on Oc­to­ber 27 this year dur­ing the af­ter­noon, the com­plainant ar­rived home from school.

Mr Manyiwa said the girl went to her bed­room and then pro­ceeded to the sit­ting room where the ac­cused per­son was watch­ing tele­vi­sion.

He said Ndlovu went to the girl and had anal sex with her once.

“The com­plainant screamed but no one heard her be­cause the vol­ume of the TV was very high,” said Mr Manyiwa.

He said the mat­ter came to light on Oc­to­ber 31 when the girl’s mother was in­formed about the rape by the girl’s brother whom the rape vic­tim had told.— @ cyn­thi­amthembo1.

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