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    Chivhu taxi driver gets 19 years for raping employer’s daughter


    - A Chivhu taxi driver, William Matimba (45) was on Friday last week sentenced to 19 years in prison for repeatedly raping his employer's daughter (13).
    Matimba raped the girl who was doing form 1 at a boarding school in Gutu three times in the back seat of the car that he drove.
    However, there is another 24-year-old man who has also appeared in court on allegations of raping the same complainant. The complainant has since stopped going to school because she is pregnant.
    Regional Magistrate Solomon Jenya suspended four years for five years on condition of good behavior and that he does not commit the same offense. Matimba was found guilty of the offence from the evidence produced in the doctor's report and witnesses.
    On the first count, the complainant met Matimba on her way home and she entered into the accused's vehicle so that he could take her home. The accused person then drove along a road that leads to Chivhu Cemetery and parked at the side of the road.
    Matimba raped the girl from the back seat.
    On the second count, the accused again picked the girl and drove along Marondamashanu Road where he parked on the side of the road and raped the complainant.
    In November, he picked the girl and raped her along Nyazvidzi Road. The juvenile's affair with Matimba was discovered in June after he sent the girl airtime on her mobile phone.
    The complainant was asked by her parents and she disclosed that the accused Matimba had sexual intercourse with her and he told her not to tell anyone.
    The complainant was doing form one at a boarding school in Gutu and has since stopped going to school.
    Before Matimba was arrested for raping the juvenile, Prince Shonhiwa (24) who resides at Chivhu location also got arrested for allegedly raping the same juvenile.
    It is alleged that Shonhiwa had an affair with the complainant. It is the State case that sometime in November 2014, Shonhiwa proposed love to the complainant and she accepted. Sometime last year in October, the two met at Goodhope Primary School while the complainant was coming from school and the accused asked her to go into a bush near the school and she complied.
    Whilst in the bush, the accused went on to lay the complainant on the ground facing upwards and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent. It is alleged that the accused threatened to kill the complainant if she disclosed the matter to anyone.
    On the second count, in November last year, the accused met the complainant at Grain Marketing Board and drove her towards Chivhu town cemetery road where he asked the complainant to have sexual intercourse with her and she accepted. It is alleged that the accused had sexual intercourse with the complainant whilst she was lying on the vehicle's seat and drove her home afterwards.
    The matter came to light when the complainant's mother discovered that she was pregnant and she interviewed her. She told her mother that she had had sexual intercourse with the accused without her consent on the first occasion but on the second encounter she consented.
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