ZAKA – Regional Magistrate Judith Zuyu has sentenced a man from Zaka who raped a 15-year-old niece to 17 years in jail.
Innocent Musviba (36) from Chief Ndanga’s area will however spend 17 years in prison after the magistrate suspended two years for five years on condition that he does not commit a similar offence.
Rutendo Ndibwo, representing the State said on December 24, 2019 the complaint was left under the custody of Musviba by her grandmother. Musviba broke into the kitchen where the victim was sleeping, removed her clothes and forcefully raped her. He threatened to kill her if she divulged any information.
In January 2020 Musviba raped his niece for the second time when he dragged her into the kitchen and raped her. The complaint bite the accused on the hand and escaped to a neighbor’s house. The neighbour who became a witness during the court hearing told the complainant to report the matter to the headman who then reported the case to the Police.
The accused refuted the allegations and told the court that he merely disciplined the juvenile by flogging her.
Zuyu said the accused and his mother tried to cover up the case in the court by creating a story that the rapist merely flogged the girl for some mischief..