A MHONDORO man who raped his seven–month–old cousin will spend the next 20 years in prison after he was convicted of the crime last week.
The 27–year–old man, whose identity cannot be disclosed to protect the minor victim, was convicted of contravening the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act by Harare regional magistrate Hosiah Mujaya after a full trial.
Although the man had denied the charge, he was convicted due to overwhelming evidence after the State managed to prove a case against him beyond any reasonable doubt.
Prosecutor Kudzai Chigwedere told the court during trial that on July 27 this year, the baby’s mother went to fetch water and left the infant, who was sleeping in a hut in the man’s custody.
The man took advantage of the mother’s absence and crept into the hut where the baby was sleeping and removed her napkin before raping her.
The court heard that the man then fell asleep beside the baby after raping her. His clothes were blood stained.
When the infant’s mother returned from the borehole, she saw the baby crying and discovered that she was bleeding from her private parts.
The mother alerted other villagers who subsequently effected a citizens’ arrest on the accused and took him to the police.
A medical examination which was conducted on the child revealed that there was massive tearing on the infant’s private parts.