Man jailed 14 years for raping mental patient

By Wellington Makonese

A 36-year-old man from Mt Darwin has been convicted and sentenced to 14 years in jail for raping and impregnating a mental patient.

The convict will, however, serve an effective 12 years behind bars after Bindura magistrate Amos Mbobo suspended two years on condition of good behaviour.

Prosecutor Ngoni Kaseke told the court that from August last year, the convict took advantage of the complainant’s mental health, proposed love and slept with her on multiple occasions.

The matter came to light when the complainant became pregnant.

Investigations were conducted and it was established that the complainant could not consent; hence the case was classified as rape.

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