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    Monday, 25 March 2019

    Chiredzi man sentenced to 20 yrs for raping stepdaughter(10)

    WALTER MAFEKING

    CHIREDZI-A 36 year old man who resides in Chiredzi in Makondo new stands has been slapped with a 20 year jail sentence after being found guilty for raping his 10 year old stepdaughter several times.
    The man who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, appeared before Regional Magistrate Judith Zuyu on Friday last week.
    Magistrate Zuyu suspended two years on condition of good behaviour ,leaving the man to serve an effective 18 years.
    In passing judgement, Magistrate Zuyu said that the offense was serious in that the man was supposed to protect the stepdaughter since she was taken from rural areas to live with her mother in town. Instead he raped the child.
    Zuyu also highlighted that rape is a serious crime which deserves a heavy sentence.
    The State heard that sometime in January this year, the rapist called the stepdaughter inside while she was washing dishes with her and had sexual intercourse before threatening to assault her if she screamed.
    The court heard that the rapist continued with the abuse until the stepdaughter could not properly walk that is when the matter came to light leading to his arrest.
    The mother is also implicated in this heinous rape as she tried to heal the daughter using methylated spirit.
    She is charged with negligence and defeating the course of justice and she will be sentenced on March 27, 2019.



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