SHURUGWI - A 32-year-old Shurugwi man who was found pulling down the underpants of a neighbour's daughter said he was so drunk that he missed his house and ended up in the 10-year-old girl's bedroom next door.
Sadiki Zhuwao of Makusha, Shurugwi who arrived home at midnight said he was so drunk that he mistook the 10-year-old for his wife and hence he started pulling down her undergarments.
Despite his plea of not guilty, Shurugwi Resident Magistrate Tayengwa Sangster convicted him on charges of unlawful entry and attempted rape. He sentenced him to 12 months in jail and suspended three months for good behaviour.
The convict told the court that he was so drunk on the day in question, that he failed to identify his bedroom door and went straight into the complainant's house.
While in the house he mistook a 10-year-old girl who was sleeping for his wife and ended up pulling her pants.
The court heard that on January 24, 2017 at around midnight Zhuwao gained entry into the complainant's house through a French door which had three broken window panes.
After gaining entry Zhuwao went to where a 10-year-old was sleeping and pulled the minor's paint down to her thighs. The complainant covered her face with a blanket and pulled her pant up.
The court heard that the movements alerted the complainant's mother who then woke up to find his neighbor in her daughter's blankets.
Zhuwao was arrested and brought to court.