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Man gets 14 years for rape

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A 37 year old Harare man will rue the day he laid his hands on his 17-year-old cousin after he was yesterday slapped with a 14-year jail term for rape.
Regional Magistrate Peter Kumbawa convicted the offender (who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim) after a full trial and described him as a menace to society who deserved no mercy considering the nature of the offence he had committed.
Kumbawa sentenced the rapist to 14 years and suspended six for a period of five years on condition of good behavior.
He will serve an effective nine years. The man was staying with his cousin at the same residence and would take advantage of the absence of his wife to abuse the young girl. Prosecutor Cuthbert Mukandire led evidence from the girl who told the court that in September 2004, her sister-in-law visited their rural home and the accused invited her to sweep his bedroom. The man allegedly followed his cousin to the bedroom, grabbed and pushed her onto the bed and raped her.
He threatened the girl with unspecified action if she reported the matter to anyone. Following the threats, she did not report, the court heard.
The girl said on the second occasion, she was invited by the rapist to collect his clothes from the bedroom for laundry.
Upon entering the bedroom, the man dragged her onto the bed and raped her before he again threatened her with unspecified action.
The girl told the court that the abuse took place for five years during which she was raped seven times by her cousin.
The victim further told the court that on several occasions she told her mother she would commit suicide without disclosing the reason.
However, the girl’s mother noticed a behavioral change in the girl and, worried by her daughter’s earlier remarks of committing suicide, she approached her son-in-law and requested him to talk to the girl.
The girl disclosed to her brother-in-law that she was tired of being abused by her cousin and being threatened with unspecified action, hence she had decided to take her life.
The matter was eventually reported to the police leading to the arrest of the man.

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