A 68-year-old Zvishavane man who faked ere_ctile dysfunction (ED) for 17 years to avoid having sεx with his wife, has been sentenced to 26 years for rapε.
The man’s wife shocked the court when she revealed that her rap_ist husband had not been inti_mate with her for 17 years alleging he was suffering from ere_ctile dysfunction.
The woman said she was last inti_mate with her husband in 2003 and only got to know that he had been lying to her when he was arrested for rap_ing a minor.
She told Gweru provincial magistrate Mrs Phathekile Msipa that for 17 years she lived a lie believing her husband had a se_xual problem.
The man from Zvishavane town who pleaded not guilty to rap_e and having se_x with a minor, was however convicted on both counts due to overwhelming evidence.
He was sentenced to 26 years imprisonment but will serve an effective 22 years after four years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
In passing sentence, Mrs Msipa said the man was supposed to be the guardian of the complainant who is his niece.
She said the age difference of 53 years between him and the complainant was aggravating adding that imprisonment was the only appropriate sentence that would deter would be offenders.
“The complainant is your niece and instead of protecting her you decided to abuse her. Such conduct is loathed by society and therefore society expects courts to remove such outcasts from communities’ midst.
It was the State case that in February last year, the accused saw the minor on her way to school and told her that she was beautiful.
He took her to his dining room where he care_ssed her but could not have se_x with her since she was on her men_strual period.
The court heard that in October, the accused invited the minor to his house where he removed her uniform and they had consensual se_x.
The accused gave the complainant $6 before she proceeded to school and didn’t tell anyone.
Again, in October he slept with the minor and gave her $4.
The same month, the court heard that the two had se_x at the accused’s offices before he gave her $5.