A 21-year-old Hatcliffe man will regret the day he pounced on a 10-year-old girl after he was slapped with a 15-year jail term for raping the child after she had turned down his proposal.
Albert Chimbende is said to have stealthily waited for the girl to open the toilet door before he gagged her, pushed her to the ground and raped her.
Chimbende was convicted after a full trial by regional magistrate Simon Rogers Kachambwa after he initially pleaded not guilty.
Passing sentence, Kachambwa said cases of rape committed against minors were on the increase therefore it was the courts’ duty to pass deterrent sentences.
“The offence that you committed is a very serious one, it is prevalent and particularly being perpetrated on minor children,” Kachambwa said.
“You had the entire complainant’s family’s trust which you disregarded by raping the girl in the toilet and there is need to deter people like you from committing such offences.
“You should learn to respect other people’s bodily integrity, the girl was too minor to accept your love proposal therefore a prison term would meet the justice of this case.”
Chimbende was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment of which six years were suspended for five years on condition he does not commit a similar offence within that period.
Prosecutor Valerie Ngoma proved that sometime in November last year Chimbende visited the girl’s residence and found her in the toilet.
He proposed love to her while asking her to open the door, but the girl turned him down and locked herself in.
Chimbende waited quietly by the door pretending to have left.
The girl opened the door under the impression that Chimbende had gone, but as she came out, he pounced on her, pushed her inside the toilet and forced himself on her.
The matter came to light during a Sunday school lesson when the girl told her teacher that she was a victim of sexual abuse.
The teacher reported the matter to the girl’s mother and upon being quizzed by her mother, she reported how Chimbende abused her, leading to his arrest.