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10 years for raping brother’s wife


A Harare man was last Friday convicted and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment by a regional magistrate for raping and infecting his brother’s wife with HIV.

Enock Machingura (41) appeared before magistrate Peter Kumbawa facing charges of raping his sister-in-law sometime in February. He pleaded not guilty but was convicted after a full trial.

Kumbawa sentenced Machingura to 10 years’ imprisonment but suspended three years for a period of five years on condition he did not commit an offence of a sexual nature.

Allegations against Machingura are that sometime in February, his brother had a heated domestic argument with his wife.

He approached Machingura and requested him to take his wife from Epworth to her rural home in Seke for possible counselling, the state established.

Machingura agreed and on the day in question offered to drive his brother’s wife and their one-year-old baby to the communal home.

On their way Machingura diverted from the main road and took a road leading to Harare International Airport where he pulled off and confronted his sister-in law.

Machingura pulled out a knife, threatened to kill her and ordered her not to cry or report to anyone what he was about to do.

He further promised her that he would not take her to the rural home as per his brother’s order but would convince him to stay with her if she complied with his demands, the state found.

Despite his sister-in-law’s protestations, Machingura raped her twice while threatening to kill both his brother and her if the matter came to light.

Sometime in March this year the woman went to hospital where she tested HIV positive, the state alleged.

She then reported to her husband how she was raped leading to Machingura’s arrest.

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