41-year-old man gets 31 years in prison for raping niece


IN a significant ruling, a 41-year-old man from Plumtree has been sentenced to 31 years in prison for the repeated rape of his niece between 2018 and 2023

The man who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, will serve an effective 27 years, after four years were suspended on the condition that he does not commit a similar offence.

In a statement on X, the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe (NPAZ) said, “The court found that the accused person who is the complainant’s uncle raped her sometime in 2018 when she was 11 years old. He also raped her on divers occasions until October 2023”

The accused person was arrested and denied bail until the case was finalised.

“The offence came to light on the 30th of January 2024 when the complainant wrote a suicide note citing the rape as the cause of her intended suicide. A neighbour discovered the note and took the letter to her mother”, said the NPAZ. Chronicle.

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