A 36-YEAR-OLD Harare man will spend the next 20 years in jail for raping his 14-year-old daughter.
Report by Phillip Chidavaenzi
Harare magistrate Fadzai Mthombeni slapped the rapist father with the effective sentence after finding overwhelming evidence against him.
It was the State case that sometime in February this year at around 8 pm, complainant, a Form 1 pupil at a school in Kuwadzana, was asleep on the floor with her brother while their father slept with their step mother on the bed.
The father slipped into his daughter’s blankets and raped her once, but the teenager was not aware of what was happening as she was sick at the time. Her brother, however, saw what transpired. The following morning, the complainant’s stepmother told her not to worry about the incident because such things happened in life. It was then that the complainant realised that her father had raped her, but she heeded the stepmother’s advice and kept the information to herself.
The following month, on a date unknown to the State, at around 8pm, the complainant and her brother were asleep in their room.
Their stepmother had since parted ways with their father and had gone back to her rural home in Goromonzi.
The accused arrived home and started assaulting the complainant with an electric code for no apparent reason, ordering her to strip naked as he assaulted her. He proceeded to assault her brother as well while ordering him to sleep.
Thereafter the father forcefully removed the complainant’s undergarments and raped her once.
After the rape, he threatened the two with death if they reported the matter to anyone. The matter came to light after the complainant’s aunt noticed that her niece had difficulties in walking. At the same time, police at Mabelreign received an anonymous phone call reporting possible abuse of the complainant, leading to the man’s arrest. Medical examination confirmed that the girl had been raped.