Granny ‘rape’ rob­ber jailed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Codelia Mon­dela

A BULAWAYO man has been sen­tenced to 10 years in jail for rob­bing a 73-year-old granny of $87 and at­tempt­ing to rape her af­ter putting a knife to her throat.

A court heard that Mehluli Ndlovu (31) took the money and cell­phone at knife point last month be­fore telling the old woman that he had come to rape her.

Ndlovu pleaded not guilty to rob­bery and at­tempted rape charges be­fore Bulawayo re­gional mag­is­trate Mrs Sibongile Msipa-Marond­edze.

How­ever, the mag­is­trate con­victed him due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence against him.

Ndlovu was sen­tenced to 10 years in prison. Mrs Msipa-Marond­edze sus­pended three years on con­di­tion that he does not re­peat a sim­i­lar crime in five years.

The Mag­is­trate said rob­bery and at­tempted rape were se­ri­ous of­fences which were preva­lent and per­pe­tra­tors should be sent to prison.

“What ag­gra­vates this mat­ter is that ac­cused at­tacked an el­derly lady know­ing that she could not de­fend her­self and put her through trauma when he dragged her around the house de­mand­ing money. He tried to rape her which shows that he has no re­spect for se­nior cit­i­zens,” Mrs Msipa-Marond­edze said.

The el­derly woman, who ap­peared trau­ma­tised to face her at­tacker in court, tes­ti­fied that Ndlovu smashed her bed­room win­dow and told her that he had come to rape her.

She said Ndlovu went into the house through the win­dow, took her cell­phone and dis­con­nected the lan­d­line. The woman said the ac­cused per­son then placed a knife on her throat and threat­ened to kill her.

“He shook me, pushed me onto the bed and tried to rape me, but he failed to pen­e­trate.

“He de­manded cash. I gave him $87 but he said it was not enough and started drag­ging me around the house look­ing for more money in the cup­boards,” she said.

Ndlovu said he broke into the woman’s house but de­nied at­tempt­ing to rape her.

“I only threat­ened her by word of mouth, took the money and her cell­phone and left,” he said.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Miss Con­cilia Ncube said Ndlovu com­mit­ted the crime on Oc­to­ber 21 this year at around 9PM.

She said Ndlovu smashed the el­derly woman’s bed­room win­dow and got in­side the room.

Miss Ncube said he then pushed her onto the bed and tried to rape her. He also de­manded money and took $87 and her cell­phone.—@Mon­de­laC.

Na­tional Women’s League vice trea­surer Cde Ma­garine Khumalo (left) hands over chicks to women in Gwanda yes­ter­day

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