Man Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison For Raping Niece
A depraved Gwanda man has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for raping his 15-year-old niece on several occasions.
The man (34) from Sifanjani Village, who cannot be named for ethical reasons, raped the juvenile on several occasions from September to November last year while she was staying with him at his homestead.
According to The Chronicle, the accused pleaded not guilty to rape when he appeared before Gwanda regional magistrate, Sibonginkosi Mkandla, but was convicted due to overwhelming evidence.
He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment and three years were suspended on condition that he does not commit a similar offense within the next five years.
Allegations are that on a date unknown but during the period extending from September to November 2020, the complainant was staying at her uncle’s homestead.
One night while the aunt was away, the juvenile was asleep with her five-year-old cousin sister when the accused person entered the room and approached her.
The court heard that the accused started kissing the juvenile and proposed love to her but she refused. He then forced the complainant to lie down.
The juvenile reportedly screamed for help but her uncle threatened to assault her. He raped the complainant and warned her against reporting the matter to anyone and left the room.
It is further alleged that the man raped the juvenile on several other occasions during her stay with him while his wife was away and warned her against reporting.
The matter came to light in January this year after the complainant revealed the matter to her aunt.
The matter was reported to the police resulting in the arrest of the accused person.
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