Rapist jailed 16 years

A 23–YEAR–OLD Harare man was yesterday slapped with a 16–year prison sentence after he was convicted of raping his maid.

PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI

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
nature.

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
once.

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.

14 Comments

  1. Such a young man messing up his life in this manner. Unfortunately after his 11 year stint in jail I doubt whether he will find his young wife waiting for him. How sad.

  2. pple should learn to respect maids,they have rights too

  3. THANKS 2 THE MOTHER OF THIS GIRL 4 REPORTING THIS MATTER.THIS IDIOT HAS OR HAD HIS WIFE BUT WAS NOT CONTENT WITH,MUSHANDI MUSHANDI HAASI MUDZIMAI WAKO MUREMEKEDZA KANA MUDZI WAKO AINGE ASIKUWANIRE BONDE HAISI MHOSVA YEMUSHANDI WARATIDZA UNZENZA,KUCHIZARIRA VAKOMANA VACHA KUGADZIRISA DOFO REMUNHU WAKADII KUENDA KUBHAWA WAKAPEDZA SHUNGU KUNYANGE ZVISINGA KURIDZIRWE

    1. This is a very appropriate sentence that must serve to warn would be rapists that they have no place in society. In fact as said by baba R G Mugabe, they should just remove the “thing”. Rape cases have become a menace that must be harshly dealt with. As reported in Herald,the case of pastor Robert Gumbura who is alleged to have raped two married congregants one after the other, the law should deal harshly with such menaces should he be convicted.

  4. but the law has been too harsh for this young man, 9 yrs for raping a 16 yrs old once. Ironically a Chitungwiza Megistrate Kudakwashe Jarabhini has recently sentenced a 55 yrs old man for 3yrs in prison for raping a minor (9yrs old) girl. this shows how inconsistant our laws are. Asked to decide who should get a lesser sentence than the other between the two men, one would be pardoned to choose the young man. one tends to wonder the criteria used to determine these sentences. In this case there is a possibility that there was an element of consent somehow but the guy could not defent himself after the maid changed goalposts due to reasons best known to her whilst in the Chitungwiza case consent is completely ruled out. the guy was supposed to get a lesser sentence as oppossed to 9yrs in prison. Nyaya haina kubatwa mushe iyi hongu mukomana wakashaisha zvake

    1. I think you have a point. Law is all about precedent. it appears our magistrates read separate laws. You rightly put that if a minor is abused some magistrates seem to be lenient on the offender. Here we have a situation where the offender and the victim have only 3 years difference.

      No one is saying the offender should not face the wrath of the law, but the issue is of consistency. The JSC should continuously train magistrates and also put a mechanism where they share information on cases, such that citizens don’t suspect that judgements are made from gut feelings. Magistrates and judges should avoid emotion, but apply the law in a factual, scientific manner.

  5. Willard Mubvumbi

    To all men who can not control their sexual appetite, just employ unattractive maids. Maids should be given uniforms and should avoid working in tight clothes. RESPECT YOUR MAIDS.

  6. But I think they are some people who are in jail for false rape cases. I once narrowly escaped arrest after falsely accused of attempted rape

  7. nothing is harsh on the youngman i am 100% for the magistrate on the reason that he nipped wayward behaviour in the bud. he has a wife and possibly a number of girlfriends but he decides to force himself on a defenceless maid coz of him being the boss but jailtime will make him see that 2 min pleasure is really bad. on the 55 yr old guy the sentence is too lenient to say the least i believe a new magistrate should be appointed to relook at the reason for such a no sentence by jarabini coz by the time 3yrs end the girl will still be a juvenile and still traumatised by the rape. at least 15yrs was correct.

  8. Willard Mubvumbi

    I think the guy has spirits of bad luck.

  9. Methinks they were having an affair.

  10. @Homo erectus, this maid had been working for this fool only for one month – what affair are you talking about?? This boy ndiye achakwigwa kujere manje. Achaona moto. Shame for his young wife – forget about him, he never deserved you. Carry on with your life.

  11. 90% of men replaced their brains with their anacondas!!!! what a shame

  12. 11 years only, the judge should just have put him inside and throw away the key. The boys are gonna have a party out of your wife. (Well, including myself)

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