Man caged for rap­ing men­tally-chal­lenged sis­ter

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Charleen Ndlovu Sunday news re­porter

A 40-year-old man from Nkayi has been caged for 10 years af­ter he raped his men­tally chal­lenged sis­ter be­fore threat­en­ing to kill her and her chil­dren if she told any­one.

The man from Gwit­shi area un­der Chief Sibadala Ndlovu who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons was con­victed by Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Joseph Mabeza due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence last week. Pass­ing the sentence, Mr Mabeza said that the man had failed to pro­vide any sus­tain­able ev­i­dence dis­tanc­ing him from the charge.

Mr Mabeza added that it was most dis­turb­ing that the man took ad­van­tage of his sis­ter’s men­tal state to rape her. He will serve an ef­fec­tive eight years af­ter two years were sus­pended on con­di­tion that he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar crime within a pe­riod of five years.

Pros­e­cu­tor Mrs Paidamoyo Zen­geni told the court that in June last year, the woman vis­ited her mother’s home­stead to­gether with her three daugh­ters. At around 8pm, when ev­ery­one had re­tired to bed, the man sneaked into his sis­ter’s bed­room and raped her. He then threat­ened to kill her and her chil­dren if she ever dis­closed what had hap­pened.

Mrs Zen­geni said af­ter the first in­ci­dent, the man again in the fol­low­ing days sneaked into the woman’s bed­room and raped her sev­eral times. The mat­ter fi­nally came to light on 1 Jan­uary this year when the man re­peated his evil act but was caught in the act by other sib­lings. He tried to flee but was caught and handed over to po­lice, lead­ing to his ar­rest.

Mean­while, a 44-year-old man from Pu­mula in Bu­l­awayo was sen­tenced to 12 years in prison for rap­ing a Grade Five pupil af­ter he stuffed a dish towel in her mouth to stop her from scream­ing. Nh­lanhla Ncube of House Num­ber A5732 in Pu­mula Old ap­peared be­fore Mr Mabeza fac­ing charges of rape and as­sault last week.

Mr Mabeza found him guilty of the charges and sen­tenced him to 12 years of which two were sus­pended on con­di­tion he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar crime within a pe­riod of five years.

For the State, Mrs Zen­geni said on 18 April this year at around 2pm, the kid went to Ncube’s house to ask for fire­wood from Ncube’s wife. She said when the girl got to the house, Ncube was alone. When the girl asked for fire­wood from Ncube, the man in­structed her to get the fire­wood from the bed­room un­der his bed.

The court heard that Ncube fol­lowed the girl and slapped her be­fore or­der­ing her to re­move her clothes.

She said that Ncube stuffed a dish towel into the com­plainant’s mouth to stop her from scream­ing, be­fore rap­ing the young girl while wear­ing a con­dom.

The mat­ter came to light when the com­plainant com­plained of pain in her pri­vates and later re­vealed that Ncube had raped her, lead­ing to Ncube’s ar­rest.

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