A Mount Hampden brick moulder will rue the day he laid his hands on a five-year-old girl after he was slapped with 18 years’ imprisonment for raping the minor.
Regional magistrate Peter Kumbawa last week convicted David Sithole (38) of raping the five-year-old girl in a disused pit on October 25 last year.
Sithole will serve an effective 12 years after Kumbawa suspended six years on condition that he did not commit an offence of a sexual nature within the next five years.
Sithole had pleaded not guilty to the rape charges but was convicted after a full trial.
The state alleged that on the day in question Sithole visited the girl’s residence and asked the girl’s mother to light his cigarette.
The girl’s mother did not suspect Sithole’s ill intentions and left him with the five-year-old girl as she proceeded to accompany a friend who had also visited her.
The state’s case was that upon realising the girl’s mother had gone Sithole carried the girl on his shoulder, pretending to be playing with her as he proceeded to his place of residence.
Along the way, Sithole took the girl into a disused pit where he allegedly raped her and ordered her not to report to anyone what had happened.
After the abuse Sithole lifted the girl out of the pit and it was at that juncture that he was spotted by Yeukai Mano who alerted the other villagers of what she had witnessed.
The girl was immediately interviewed by her mother and she chronicled how Sithole lured her into the pit and eventually raped her. A report was made to the police leading to Sithole’s arrest.