Rapist neigh­bour jailed 14 years

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fair­ness Moy­ana Hwange Cor­re­spon­dent

A 56-YEAR-OLD Vic­to­ria Falls man who raped his 10-year-old neigh­bour be­fore buy­ing her si­lence with 10 cents has been jailed for 14 years. Charles Ncube of Mkhosana pleaded not guilty when he ap­peared be­fore Hwange re­gional mag­is­trate, Mr Col­let Ncube last week.

He was, how­ever, sen­tenced to 17 years im­pris­on­ment of which three were con­di­tion­ally sus­pended.

Ncube, through his lawyer Mr Give­more Mu­vhiringi ar­gued he did not rape the girl but was play­ing with her as he usu­ally does with other chil­dren.

“Your worship, I did not rape the com­plainant as al­leged by the State but I was play­ing with her. Yes, I ad­mit that I gave the com­plainant some money to buy some snacks but I did not rape her,” he said.

The court heard that on 13 March at about 5pm, Ncube was at his place of res­i­dence re­lax­ing when the girl and her younger sis­ter aged six en­tered into his house and found him ly­ing on his bed alone.

He rose up and of­fered the two girls 10 cents be­fore they left to buy snacks and re­turned to the house.

When they fin­ished eat­ing the snacks Ncube again gave the girl 25 cents but or­dered her younger sis­ter to go and buy while he re­mained alone with the 10-year-old. He then pulled her to his bed be­fore rap­ing her once. Dur­ing the act, the girl’s brother stormed into the room with­out knock­ing and saw the two sleep­ing to­gether on the bed.

Af­ter notic­ing that he had been seen Ncube re­leased the girl and pre­tended to have been play­ing with her.

She got up and picked her un­der­wear which was on the floor be­fore bolt­ing out with her brother. The brother went home and re­ported what he had seen to his mother who in turn in­formed the po­lice lead­ing to Ncube’s ar­rest.

She was re­ferred to Vic­to­ria Falls Hospi­tal for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and a re­port was com­piled and pro­duced in court as ev­i­dence. Mr Ti­nomu­peyi Mbiza ap­peared for the State.

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