A ZANU PF councillor for ward 13 in Chipinge will spend the next 12 years in jail for rap_ing a mentally-challenged patient, who cannot be named for ethical reasons, on three different occasions after threatening her with death.
David Chivhovho (49), who resides in Chief Mutema’s area, pleaded not guilty to the charges, but was convicted by Chipinge regional magistrate Chrispen Maturure.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, of which three years were conditionally suspended for five years.
Prosecutor Tembelani Dhliwayo told the court that sometime last month, Chivhovho went to the complainant’s homestead and found her carrying out her household chores.
He demanded se_x from her, but she refused and he dragged her into her bedroom hut and rap_ed her once. On another date but in the same month, he found her alone in her bedroom hut.
Chivhovho again demanded se_x from her, but she refused and he pinned her to the ground, threatening her with death.
Out of fear, the complainant complied and he went on to rap_e her before he left the homestead unnoticed and ordered her not to tell anyone about the issue.
Using the same modus operandi, Chivhovho again in the same month demanded se_x from her, but she refused.
Chivhovho went on to pull her by her blouse and dragged her into her bedroom hut.
While inside, he rap_ed her again. He left the homestead after threatening to kill her if she divulged the rap_e to anyone.
However, the matter came to light after she advised other villagers about her abuse at the hands of Chivhovho.
The matter was reported to the police, leading to his arrest.