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    Visually impaired Gweru man gets 14 years for rape

    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU – A 75 year old visually impaired man from Woodlands in Gweru was recently sentenced to 14 years in prison for raping his niece.
    Thulani Mpofu raped his 14-year-old niece in November last year and bribed her with $1 so that she would not tell anyone.
    Mpofu who appeared before regional magistrate Phathekile Msipa pleaded guilty to the rape charges.
    It is the State case that the accused visited his mother-in-law who was staying in Shurugwi with the minor. On the day, the mother-in-law left the complainant in custody of Mpofu as she went out to fetch fire wood.
    Mpofu called the minor and asked her to bring him some water and when the minor came, he tripped her to the ground.
    The accused raped the complainant once and threatened to kill her if she revealed the act to anyone. The following morning the accused gave his niece $1 before he returned to Gweru.
    The offence was discovered after the complainant’s mother noticed that her daughter was having difficulties in walking.
    When passing the sentence regional Magistrate Msipa took into consideration the accused’s age and said under normal circumstances, courts will try as much as possible to avoid sending elderly people to prison. She however, said that she  was forced to send Mpofu to prison because of the serious nature of the crime. She said that the accused betrayed the trust of the complaint and so he should go to prison.

     

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