A Whitecliffe teenager, who raped his 12-year old cousin, has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted on a plea of guilty.
Tinotenda Tinos Masunda (18) was on Monday initially slapped with an 18-year prison term but part of the sentence was slashed on condition he does not commit a similar offence within the next five years.
Passing sentence, regional magistrate Simon Rogers Kachambwa equated Masunda’s behaviour to that of a “wild dog after meeting a bitch”.
“The accused raped the complainant after a struggle,” said the magistrate. “The medical affidavit confirms that penetration was effected by use of force, hence she sustained injuries.
“No doubt, accused behaved like a wild dog after meeting a bitch. What only works in his favour is that he is 18 years old and that he pleaded guilty to the charge,” he added.
In aggravation, prosecutor Fadzai Kuipa called for a custodial sentence against saying Masunda had committed a very serious offence.
“Rape is a very serious crime that is quite prevalent and is increasing at an alarming rate. The accused took advantage of a vulnerable victim, he should have respected her integrity,” Kuipa said.
“The courts should not treat such animalistic behavioUr lightly,” she said.
Masunda raped his cousin last Wednesday after she asked him to put up a curtain in her bedroom.
According to agreed facts, on the day in question, the girl invited Masunda to her bedroom where the curtain was sagging.
After fixing the curtain, Masunda forcibly grabbed the girl and violently threw her on the bed.
A struggle ensued between the two but Masunda won the “wrestling match” and threw the girl to the ground resulting in her sustaining injuries.
Although the girl screamed for help, nobody came to her rescue as all the other family members were not at home.
Masunda bolted out of the room after ravaging the girl, leaving her helpless in her bedroom.
The girl reported the matter to her mother and brother upon their return and they reported the matter to the police, leading to Masunda’s arrest.