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Mberengwa man jailed for raping 12-year-old girl

Story by Courage Bushe

A 50-year-old Mberengwa man will forever rue the day he raped a 12-year-old girl following his conviction and subsequent sentencing to an effective 15 years behind bars when he appeared at Zvishavane Magistrate Courts.

Facts are that on the 18th of February this year, at around 1100hrs, the complainant left home proceeding to Matedzi Diptank following her younger sister, who had gone to help refill the dip tank.

Court heard that the complainant met the accused on her way to the dip-tank and asked if he had seen her sister.

It is further alleged that the accused lied to the whereabouts of the complainant’s sister and diverted her to the bush, where he produced an axe before rapping the minor.

The court was told that after the heinous crime, the accused fled the scene, leaving the victim on the spot crying.
A good Samaritan came to the rescue of the victim, and a police report was made, leading to the arrest of the accused.

Meanwhile, in another case, a 15 year old Zvishavane boy has been sentenced to five years in jail for raping his eight-year-old sister.

Facts are that on the 29th of November last year, the two siblings were left home by their mother, who had gone to Gwatemba village.

It is the state’s case that the accused got into the spare bedroom where his sibling was sleeping and raped her once.

The court was told that the following day when the mother of two came back, she noticed that her daughter had some difficulties in walking, hence an inquiry that led to the arrest of the boy.

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