By Staff Reporter
A 49 year old Honde Valley man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by a Mutare Magistrate for raping his 9 year old niece.
The incident occurred between December 2021 and September 2022 at Gwenanguruve Village, Mutasa, Honde Valley.
The state alleged that sometime in December 2021 the accused person followed the 9 year old ECD pupil to a well that is 100metres away from their home in Gwenanguruve Village, Mutasa, Honde Valley.
The accused person dragged her to a banana plantation dose to the well and raped her once. The complainant tried to scream but the accused covered her mouth with his hand.
The accused person also raped the complainant sometime in September 2022 as she was in the field collecting sweet potatoes.
The matter came to light when the complainant went to her mother’s place in Mbato Village, Mutasa, Honde Valley where she told her mother of the rape incidents.
The complainant’s mother then made a report to the police leading to the arrest of the accused person.
He was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment with 6 years suspended and will serve 24 years.
The National Prosecuting Authority aggravated for a stiff penalty in this matter to deter would be offenders.