Man sentenced to 15 years in jail for repeatedly rɑping 4-year-old daughter


In a heart-wrenching case that has shocked the nation, a 23-year-old man from Harare has been handed a 15-year prison sentence for the repeated rɑpe of his own four-year-old daughter.

To protect the identity of the young victim, the man’s name is being withheld. The conviction was delivered by Harare magistrate Sandra Mupindu.

According to prosecutor Zvikomborero Mupasa, the horrifying incident occurred on August 26 of this year. The young girl was sleeping in their dining room when her father assaulted her. The innocent child’s screams echoed through the house as she endured unimaginable pain.

The following day, a concerned neighbour asked the girl why she had been screaming the previous night. It was then that the child bravely disclosed the heinous acts perpetrated by her father. She revealed that he had a disturbing habit of bathing with her and subjecting her to rɑpe in their bathroom.

Horrified by the revelation, the neighbour promptly reported the matter to the police, leading to the immediate arrest of the father.

In another deeply disturbing case, a 36-year-old man from Epworth appeared before magistrate Donald Ndirowei on charges of rɑpe after allegedly ƨǝxuɑlly assaulting his 13-year-old stepdaughter at gunpoint. The incident is said to have occurred in 2020 when the suspect returned home from work and found the young girl alone. Holding her at gunpoint, he forced her to lie down and proceeded to rɑpe her without using any protection. To ensure her silence, he threatened her life if she ever spoke about the incident.

Shockingly, this abuse reportedly occurred on two separate occasions. In 2021, the victim relocated to Deera Village without disclosing the traumatic experiences she had endured. It wasn’t until September 2023, while bathing with her cousin, that the abuse came to light. The cousin noticed genitɑl wɑrts on the young girl and, in an attempt to find a remedy, they sought help from local prophets. Unfortunately, their efforts proved futile.

Eventually, the victim was taken to Edith Hospital, where medical examinations confirmed the ƨǝxuɑl abuse she had suffered. As a result, the stepfather was apprehended by authorities.

These distressing cases serve as painful reminders of the heinous acts that some individuals are capable of perpetrating against the most vulnerable members of society. The severity of these crimes demands swift justice and the protection of innocent victims. The court’s decision to impose a 15-year sentence on the Harare man and the ongoing legal proceedings against the stepfather highlight the commitment to holding perpetrators accountable for their abhorrent actions.

As the nation grapples with these horrifying incidents, it is crucial to prioritize the safety and well-being of children and establish a society that protects them from such unspeakable atrocities.

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