Rapist father slapped with an effective 15-year jail term

By Fungai Jachi

A Budiriro man, who raped his daughter over two years, has been slapped with an 18-year jail sentence.

The man whose name has been concealed to protect the identity of his victim who raped his 14-year-old daughter on several occasions will serve an effective 15-year jail term after three years were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.

In passing the sentence, the magistrate noted that the convict betrayed the trust of his daughter whom he was supposed to protect.

He added that the convict deserved to be given a lengthy sentence which serves as a lesson to would-be offenders.

This comes at a time when cases of sexual abuse of minors by relatives are on the increase with stakeholders calling for a minimum mandatory sentence for rape.

Women and Children pressure groups argue that some of the sentences that convicted rapists are getting away with trivialising sexual abuse, hence the need to have legislation that protects victims from getting abused.