Man ambushes 13-year-old girl while walking home from school, drags her into bush and rapes her


Beitbridge rapist sentenced to 18 years in prison

In a swift act of justice, a 28-year-old man from the Chief Sitaudze area in Beitbridge has been handed an 18-year prison sentence for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe, on the 31st of May 2024, the complainant (13) was walking home from school in the company of two school mates along a railway line, when the accused person suddenly emerged from a bush. The three tried to run away but the complainant was caught. The accused person dragged her to a bushy area where he raped her once.

After the act, the accused person dumped the complainant along the Beitbridge-Bulawayo highway. She went home and narrated her ordeal to her aunt. The complainant gave a description of the accused person to local men who effected a citizens arrest on him at his homestead.

Appearing before the Beitbridge Magistrates’ Court, the 28-year-old man was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in prison, a sentence that reflects the gravity of his actions and the court’s zero-tolerance approach to ƨǝxuɑl violence.

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