‘He has been in prison for 8 years serving an 18-year sentence for a crime he didn’t commit’

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Tadiwa Chadiwa

HE has been in prison for eight years, serving an 18-year rap_e sentence, but it could all change for a Gokwe man.

There are plans for his case to be reviewed.

Simbarashe Chadiwa was handed a 20-year sentence for the rap_e of a 10-year old minor.

Two years were set aside on condition of good behaviour and Chadiwa is now in the eighth year of the 18-year sentence.

The “victim,” who is now 18, now says she wrongly accused Chadiwa and says her conscience has been haunting her for some time.

This compelled her to seek his relatives so they can begin the process of having him freed.

“That man never raped me but I was under so much pressure that I ended up wrongly implicating him,” she said.

“That action has been haunting me daily such that I can no longer live with the fact that there is someone out there who is suffering for a crime that he never committed in the first place.

A lot of misfortunes are also happening at our home, which makes me suspect it has to do with the grief on the part of Simbarashe, hence my decision to come clean,” she said.

She recently told a witch doctor she believes some bad spells have been directed at her family. Her mother is said to have passed away a few days ago owing to a mysterious ailment.

In a video doing rounds on social media, she was advised by the n’anga to “do the right thing.”

The brother of the serving inmate, Tapiwa Chadiwa, said last weekend when they visited Harare Central prison with the good news, Simbarashe literally broke down.

“He could not hold a discussion with us, he was simply drowned in tears.

“The fact that it has taken this long to finally have justice prevail was overwhelming for him.

“We were all so emotional we could not go into a decent talk to chart the way forward.”

According to reports at hand, Simbarashe and his friend visited the girl’s homestead, where the latter intended to see the family maid, who was his lover.

The girl’s mother was away in Botswana.

When the mother returned, she queried why her daughter seemed to be having a limp in her walk.

This led to the chain of events which ended with the conviction.

— HMetro


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