Man (53) rapes neigh­bour, jailed 20 years

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Mambo Sun­day News Re­porter

A 53-YEAR-OLD man from Tsholot­sho has been sen­tenced to 20 years for rap­ing his neigh­bour’s 14-yearold daugh­ter after she re­jected his love pro­posal.

Msong­wayo Ndlovu of Mathula Line in Tsholot­sho in Mata­bele­land North ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mrs Si­bongile Msipa-Marond­edze last week fac­ing two counts of rape.

He pleaded not guilty to the two charges but the court found him guilty and he was sen­tenced to 10 years for each count.

The mag­is­trate sus­pended five years on con­di­tion that he does not re­peat a sim­i­lar crime in five years and he will, there­fore serve an ef­fec­tive 15 years in prison.

The court heard that some­time in Jan­uary, at around 4pm, Ndlovu went to the ju­ve­nile’s home and pro­posed love to her and she turned him down. Ndlovu then left.

In March 2017, the ju­ve­nile went to the fields with Ndlovu and his wife. Ndlovu’s wife then went on to check her chil­dren at a nearby farm, leav­ing the ju­ve­nile be­hind.

Ndlovu then took ad­van­tage of his wife’s ab­sence and tripped the girl down and raped her once. When his wife re­turned, they went home but the ju­ve­nile did not re­veal what hap­pened to any­one.

The court also heard that Ndlovu raped the ju­ve­nile again some­time in April.

The ju­ve­nile was at her home when Ndlovu sneaked into the ju­ve­nile’s room where she was sleep­ing with her younger sis­ter.

Ndlovu then stripped and raped the ju­ve­nile. Later that month she in­formed her mother about the in­ci­dent and the mother re­ported to po­lice, lead­ing to the ar­rest of Ndlovu.

The girl was re­ferred to Tsholot­sho hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion. Miss Con­cilia Ncube pros­e­cuted.

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