A 73-YEAR-OLD Epworth man was on Friday sentenced to 12 years in jail by a Harare magistrate for bedding a minor.
BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
The convict, Joshua Wadyehwata, who was convicted after a full trial, will effectively serve seven years after magistrate Bianca Makwande suspended five years on condition that he was not found guilty of the same offence in the next five years.
The court heard that sometime in June this year, the victim, who is not named to protect her identity, was at home washing plates when Wadyehwata signalled her to come over.
The victim complied and Wadyehwata led her to his house, where he locked the door, raped her, gave her 50 cents and persuaded her not to reveal the abuse.
During the same month and on another date, Wadyehwata again invited the victim to his house and raped her, giving her 50c in the process.
A woman from the community suspected that the girl was being abused after seeing her emerging from the convict’s house on several occasions and she informed the victim’s school head, who interrogated her and she divulged the matter to him.
A report was made to the police, leading to the rapist’s arrest.
The victim’s medical affidavit was produced in court as evidence of the abuse.