Man (41) jailed 14 years for inserting finger into daughter’s privates

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A 41-YEAR-OLD Kuwadzana motor mechanic was yesterday sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment after being convicted of indecently assaulting his eight-year-old daughter by inserting his finger into her private parts.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

The convict, who was not named in court to protect the identity of the minor, will serve an eight-year effective jail term after
Harare regional magistrate, Themba Kuwanda suspended six years on condition of good behaviour.

Initially, the man pleaded not guilty to the charge, saying he was being framed by his estranged wife, but the court convicted him basing on the testimony of a State witness.

The witness told court that she saw the child fleeing the room after she was abused.

The State proved that on August 24 this year at around 6am, the man joined the complainant in her bed and slept beside her.

The court heard the father asked the minor to come closer and she complied and he then reached into the child’s undergarment and inserted his finger into her privates.

The complainant felt pain and she screamed for help, jumped off the bed and ran to her mother, who was sweeping the yard and told her what the father had done to her.

The matter was then reported to the police and the complainant was sent for a medical examination and an affidavit confirmed the girl had been abused.

Valerie Ngoma appeared for the State.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Of course what this man did was wrong, but 14 years? Many people are getting less than 5 years after committing more serious crimes. Some even get community service. But can someone tell me how it is justifiable for a judge to give 14 years to someone for inserting a finger in private parts? There’s more to this story than meets the eye!

    • 14 years in this matter is justified considering the level of moral blameworthiness.he was supposed to protect not harm the innocent kid.how would you feel it was done to you but one whom you trust the most.a parent?

  2. What this man did is not acceptable. Can someone please tell me which case is more serious, negligent driving resulting in the death of a person (3 years in prison) and inserting a finger into a minor’s privates (14 years in prison)? Our parliament has to work up and do its job.

  3. I guess the above comments are coming from men , who are abusers themselves. I magine the age , 14 years is not enough thats being inhuman and barbaric, DO they even have a girl child

    • Those who commented above are simply pointing out that the sentencing in some cases leaves a lot to be desired. Granted this young girl was abused by her father and the sentence is proportionate and commendable. However, take a look at negligent driving where someone loses his/her life. A case in point is Dudu Manhenga, as we talk she roaming the streets after killing someone through her negligent driving. Vanhu varikungoti mitonge ngaive yakaringana. By the way ndine vana vasikana and I wouldn’t want what happened to the Kuwadzana girl to happen to my daughters let alone anyone’s child.

  4. First of all what the mechanic did to his child is abominable and criminal. He should face the full wrath of the law.
    However,the sentence seems so harsh especially if you look at judgements for other more grievous crimes. His crime is called indecent assault and sentenced 14 years. Here, we have a case of a 12 year child raped whilst asleep and the perpetrator only got 5months behind bars. The other case, is of a 10 year old girl who was raped on her way from school, with all the incriminating evidence at hand the wise magistrate gave the perpetrator who is 4oyears 2 yrs behind bars.

    So one really wonders kuti an attempt murder case is sentenced 10yrs in jail whilst the actual murder case has a lesser/insignificant judgement.

  5. I also agree with all those vari kuchemachema ne mutongo uri harsh. For example, I was bumped into by an unlicenced big bus driver which was overloaded going to Chitungwiza pa flyover near the railway offices in Seke road. He had a driver’s licence, a certificate of fitness and a route authority – all photocopied and certified. When we went tocourt, it was discovered that: 1. the driver’s licence ‘s originalowner was a certain lady from Marondera. This guys’s contacts used just the licence number to make his metal licence disc; 2. this automatically meant that allthe papers he had were fake coz the licence was fake. 3. It was also noted that this same guy had had an accident pa ABC apo (head -on- with a combi) and killed 6 people on the spot. Do you know how much time he was given in prison? He was just given 3 years with 1 year suspended wholy. He is coming out soon. Was this verdict fair? Killing 6 people on the spot, driving a public transport carrying almost 100 passengers without a licence, having fake papers etc. This mechanic was wrong but I also think the verdict was far too much. I am a mother of 4 girls only and I condemn his action in the strongest term but still feel mutongo hausi fair.

  6. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE 14 YEAR SENTENCE.

    Although Negligent driving is a very, very serious crime, especially where someone dies, it can not be said to be an intentional crime where someone gets into a car with the intention of killing someone.

    But when a man abuses a child or any female (young or old), it is in most cases with clear intention where the perpetrator knows exactly what he will be doing.

    On top of that, negligent driving resulting in death does not happen every day but sexual abuse & rape is happening in silence to thousands of innocent children & females daily.

    A majority of victims are unable to report the crimes & the abuse may continue for years in silence.

    That is the difference.

    Severe sentences are there to send a message to those doing it & those thinking of doing it. 14 years or a life sentence for rapists & sexual abusers is not even enough. If rapists, abusers & would be abusers see other abusers being heavily punished, they may think twice before doing it.

    That is why they are called deterrent sentences.

    • Very sound reasoning on your part. One does not get into a car with the intention of killing anyone. This mechanic got into the child’s bed with the INTENTION of raping his own daughter. Thus his actions were contrived and pre-meditated. However I take issue with 7 or more year sentences for merely being found in possession of a python skin.

  7. Although Negligent driving is a very, very serious crime, especially where someone dies, it can not be said to be an intentional crime where someone gets into a car with the intention of killing someone.
    But when a man abuses a child or any female (young or old), it is in most cases with clear intention where the perpetrator knows exactly what he will be doing.
    Negligent driving does not happen every day but sexual abuse & rape is happening in silence to thousands of innocent children & females daily.

  8. Although Negligent driving is a very, very serious crime, especially where someone dies, it can not be said to be an intentional crime where someone gets into a car with the intention of killing someone.
    But when a man abuses a child or any female (young or old), it is in most cases with clear intention where the perpetrator knows exactly what he will be doing.
    Negligent driving does not happen every day but sexual abuse is happening in silence to thousands of innocent children & females daily.

  9. 14 years just too harsh, what if he had actually raped her? Seems he was going to get 30years imprisonment. He must appeal this barbaric judgement, am not exonerating him though

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