Man in­fects niece with STI

The Manica Post - - The Weekender - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Cor­re­spon­dent

A 31-YEAR-OLD Buhera man who in­fected his eight-year-old niece with a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­ease was last Fri­day jailed 20 years.

Right Ha­mu­tyi of Parozvi Vil­lage un­der chief Chamutsa ap­peared be­fore re­gional mag­is­trate, Mr Richard Chineka fac­ing rape charges.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges but was jailed af­ter over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence nailed him.

Rep­re­sent­ing the state, Mr Wit­ness Nya­mun­daya said some­time in Oc­to­ber last month on a date un­known to the pros­e­cu­tor but dur­ing the night, the com­plainant who is a niece to the ac­cused was ly­ing on a mat on a floor.

Mr Nya­mun­daya said the ac­cused was seated on a bed in the same room while the com­plainant’s grand­mother was out­side pre­par­ing sup­per.

“Ha­mu­tyi then stood up from the bed and went to where the com­plainant was ly­ing. He lifted the com­plainant and put her on the bed,” he said.

Mr Nya­mun­daya said the ac­cused told his niece that he wanted to have sex­ual in­ter­course with her and he also threat­ened to stab her with a knife if he cried for help.

“The com­plainant tried to scream but the ac­cused put his hand on muf­fle her screams. The ac­cused per­son then lifted up the com­plainant’s skirt and re­moved her pants. He got on top of the com­plainant and forcibly had sex­ual in­ter­course with the ju­ve­nile.

“Af­ter the at­tack, the com­plainant went to lie down on her mat. Her grand­mother fin­ished cook­ing sup­per and went in­side but the com­plainant failed to re­port the mat­ter since she was afraid of be­ing stabbed by the ac­cused,” he added.

Mr Nya­mun­daya said on Oc­to­ber 12 around 3pm, the com­plainant went to her mother Sarudzai Mabika‘s place of res­i­dence in Tama Vil­lage un­der chief Chamutsa.

“Upon ar­rival her mother no­ticed that her daugh­ter had dif­fi­cul­ties walk­ing. She then asked the com­plainant why she was limp­ing and the com­plainant just said that her leg was painful.

“The mat­ter came to light on Oc­to­ber 15 when the mother dis­cov­ered that the com­plainant was emit­ting a bad odour from her pri­vates.

“She then took her into the house where she dis­cov­ered that her daugh­ter was dis­charg­ing a white fluid from her pri­vate parts that were also bruised. Upon in­ter­ro­ga­tion the girl re­vealed ev­ery­thing that had tran­spired. The mat­ter was re­ported to po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of the ac­cused.

“The com­plainant was also tested for STIs and she was found to be syphilis pos­i­tive,” he said.

The ac­cused, Ha­mu­tyi was jailed 20 years, six of which were sus­pended on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

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