A 23–YEAR–OLD Harare man was yesterday slapped with a 16–year prison sentence after he was convicted of raping his maid.
He appeared before Harare regional magistrate Rogers Simon Kachambwa.
Charles Marumani of Greendale will, however, serve an effective 11 years after five years of the sentence were suspended on condition that he would not commit another offence of a sexual
In passing sentence, the magistrate considered that the accused person was still young and was married with one child.
In aggravation, however, Kachambwa noted that Marumani had committed a serious offence that consequently traumatised his 20–year–old victim whom he and his wife had employed as a baby-sitter and had worked for them for just a month.
The court heard during trial that the accused had on several occasions indecently touched the complainant.
The State’ case was that on September 3 around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, the complainant was in the house packing the child’s clothes into a bag when the accused entered the room and grabbed her around the waist.
He then pushed her onto the bed and shut her mouth with a piece of cloth.
Her removed her skirt and undergarment and raped her
After the incident, the accused put on his clothes and left, leaving her lying on the bed.
He returned after a few minutes and threatened to kill her with a knife if she ever disclosed what had happened.
The complainant, however, told her mother what had happened the following day and the mother made a police report, leading to the arrest of the accused person.