Couple sentenced to 15 years in jail for raping 9-year-old girl


A Zvishavane couple, who connived to rap_e a nine-year-old girl, was yesterday jailed to an effective 15 years after being jointly convicted of rap_e.

Benson Moyo (26) and wife Tafadzwa Moyo, whose ages were not given in State papers, both from Chipikiri village under Chief Masunda in Zvishavane, colluded to rap_e the complainant, who is a niece of Benson after she was left in their custody.

Gweru regional magistrate Pathekile Msipa convicted the duo after a full trial and sentenced them to 17 years before suspending two years on condition of good behaviour.

The couple, who kept on changing their defence during cross, examination, had denied the charges saying they were not at home when the offence was committed. But Msipa said the two’s line of defence was not credible before finding them guilty of the crime.

— The Standard

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