GRANDPA (79) JAILED FOR RAPING NIECE
A 79-YEAR-OLD man, who raped his 12-year-old niece was yesterday slapped with a nine-year jail term.
Initially, Chitungwiza magistrate Estere Chivasa had sentenced the 79-year old man for 11 years before suspending two years for five years on condition he does not commit a similar offence.
The State, led by Tendai Mukariri proved that on November 4 last year around 12 midday, the complainant was at her aunt’s house.
It was heard in court that the rapist tricked the complainant with $1 to buy a bun.
Upon arrival from the Shopping Centre, the complainant was instructed to enter the rapist’s spare bedroom where she was laying on bed.
It was revealed in court that the rapist then grabbed the hand of the 12-year old, removed her dress and raped her before she screamed for help but to no avail.
After raping her, the 79-year old threatened the complainant with unspecified action and she complied with her uncle’s orders.
The issue came to light on January 28 this year when the complainant’s aunt discovered blood stains on her pant which was stashed in a black plastic.
After an interrogation, the complainant opened up to her aunt who then lodged a complaint with the police leading to the arrest of the 79-year old. The rapist defence counsel begged for lenience saying the court should also consider the age of the 79-year old man.
Magistrate Chivasa indicated that the rapist will be forever blameworthy for taking her virginity at 12 years.
She also said such an act is intolerable in our society therefore he will spend nine years effective without an option of fine.