A 24-year-old Epworth man will rue the day he laid his hands on his 28-year-old sister after he was slapped with a 15-year jail term for rape yesterday.
The court heard the man not only raped his sister, but had struck her with an empty beer bottle before ravaging her for about four hours.
He even threatened to kill her after the rape, but she pleaded with him to spare her life and promised not to report the matter to anyone.
When the rapist took a rest and fell asleep with his victim beside him, he woke up to find her gone. She had sneaked out and ran to report the matter to the police.
The man (name withheld) appeared before regional magistrate Estere Chivasa, who convicted him after a full trial.
Initially he had pleaded not guilty to the offence and raised an issue of bad blood between him and his sister, but the court dismissed the claims and convicted him.
Out of the 15 years, the rapist will serve an effective jail term of 12 years after three years were suspended for five years on condition he does not commit any offence of a violence or sexual nature.
The incident occurred on July 29 last year at around 7pm when the accused visited his sister in Epworth.
The court heard the rapist invited his sister to accompany him to his new residence, a place called Jacha, saying he wanted her to know where he was staying.
The sister agreed and along the way after crossing a river, the accused demanded to have sexual intercourse with her, but she refused.
The court heard the accused was angered by her refusal and he struck her once on the head with an empty beer bottle, forcing her to comply.