A Chivi serial rapist linked to 25 rape, murder, theft and attempted murder cases reported in Masvingo province since 2016 has been sentenced to an effective 72-year jail term after he was convicted on eight counts of rape.
BY HAZVINEI MWANAKA
Charles Magombedze of Chikova village in Madzivire communal lands was convicted on his own plea of guilty, when he appeared before Masvingo regional magistrate, Dambudzo Malunga.
Magombedze was initially sentenced to 78 years, but six years were later suspended on condition of good behaviour.
In passing sentence, Malunga said Magombedze’s actions caused untold trauma, fear, physical bodily to the victims.
“The accused acted like an animal, beast. The sentence should be harsh and lengthy,” she said.
Magombedze was once jailed for rape and murder in South Africa before being released in 2016.