A ZVIMBA man who rap_ed and impreg_nated his daughter in 2014 has been jailed 15 years.
The man from Madzima Village, Chief Zvimba, Kutama, appeared before Chinhoyi Provincial Magistrate Ignatius Mugova charged with rap_e.
He was sentenced to 18 years in prison. However, Mugova suspended three years for five years.
He will serve an effective 15 years in jail. Prosecuting, Nyasha Sibesha told the court that on a date unknown to the prosecutor, but sometime in 2014, at around 12am, the complainant was sleeping in the kitchen when her father opened the door and entered.
He was armed with a knife and threatened her with death if she cried or screamed out for help.
After rap_ing her, he got up and left the room, the court heard.
The complainant told her aunt about the incident, but was admonished against telling anyone else or reporting the matter to the police since she said the accused would go to jail.
As a result, the complainant kept quiet about the incident.
It is the State’s case that the girl fell preg_nant and gave birth to a baby boy who is now four-years-old.
The matter came to light after her father started threatening to kill her and commit suicide if ever she reported the incident to anyone, to the extent that she was not allowed to go anywhere or even have a boyfriend.
The complainant made a report to the police leading to her father’s subsequent arrest.
Complainant was sent to Fr O’Hea Hospital, Kutama, where evidence of penetration was commented as probable.