Cell­phone gives away rapist pan­ner

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Masvingo & South-West News - Mid­lands Re­porter

A 34-YEAR-OLD gold pan­ner from Shu­rugwi, who left his cell­phone af­ter rap­ing a 17-year-old girl, has been slapped with a 20-year jail sen­tence.

The pan­ner, whose name has been with­held to pro­tect the iden­tity of his mi­nor vic­tim, ap­peared be­fore Gweru Re­gional Mag­is­trate Mrs Phathek­ile Msipa fac­ing two counts of rape.

He was plead­ing not guilty to both counts, but was con­victed af­ter a full trial.

The court heard from the mi­nor how the rapist, af­ter learn­ing that she was on her men­strual cy­cle, went on to re­move her tights and pad be­fore rap­ing her twice — once in the cor­ri­dor and the sec­ond time in her room where her six-year-old aunt was sleep­ing.

“The ac­cused per­son is sen­tenced to 20 years in prison af­ter his con­vic­tion on two counts of rape,” said Mrs Msipa.

“The ac­cused per­son dis­re­spected the girl child and even raped her when she was on her men­strual pe­riod and there­fore de­serves a lengthy jail term.

“He is sen­tenced to 20 years in prison of which 5 years are sus­pended on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.”

In his de­fence, the man told the court that he gave the com­plainant his cell­phone so that she could sell it to raise money to go to the salon.

It was the State case that on April 13 at around 6am, the com­plainant was left at home to­gether with her aunt, who is also a mi­nor.

The court heard that the fol­low­ing day at around 7pm the com­plainant was at home out­side the house at a fire­place with her aunt pre­par­ing sup­per.

The rapist, the court heard, was also out­side at his fire place.

The com­plainant’s un­cle and the rapist are ten­ants at the same house.

The court heard that the com­plainant’s aunt re­tired to bed be­fore sup­per was ready.

The com­plainant later fin­ished pre­par­ing sup­per and took the cook­ing uten­sils into the house.

While she was mak­ing her way to her room, the man fol­lowed her, tripped her to the floor and told her that he wanted to have sex with her be­fore threat­en­ing to stab her with a knife he was hold­ing if she screamed.

The ac­cused per­son went on to rape her once even af­ter learn­ing that she was on her men­strual cy­cle, and left her ly­ing on the floor.

The com­plainant went to her room and when she wanted to close her door, he re­turned be­fore throw­ing her to the floor.

He raped the com­plainant once more in the pres­ence of her aunt.

The court heard that af­ter the rape, he went out unaware that he had dropped his cell­phone.

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