CHIKOMBA – Hence Chibaro, a Pastor with Sabbath Keeping Adventist Church based in Chivhu has been sentenced to 18 years for raping a form two pupil (14) at Marondamashanu Secondary School.
Three years of the sentence was suspended for five years on condition that he does not within that period commit any offense of a sexual nature. Chibaro pleaded not guilty for the charge.
The complainant who comes from Chitsaka Village under chief Nyoka is a congregant of the church and the accused is from Madzivire Village under Chief Nyoka and his family resides in Chegutu.
It is the State case that on March 26 this year and at around 6pm, Chibaro went to the complainant's house and found the complainant alone. The complainant's mother had gone to a nearby village to attend a funeral.
The accused person slept in the dining room while the complainant went to sleep in her unlocked bedroom.
At around midnight, Chibaro entered the complainant's bedroom, found her asleep and removed her pant and had sexual intercourse with her once without her consent.
During the act, the complainant woke up and asked Chibaro why he was raping her and the accused person placed a blanket on the complainant's mouth and told her not to divulge the matter to anyone.
After the act, the accused person went back to sleep in the dining room. The matter came to light on March 27 in the morning when the complainant told her teacher about the rape and this was reported to Chivhu Police Station.
The complainant was referred to Chivhu General Hospital for medical examination.