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Man gets 20 years for keeping 13-year-old as sex slave

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Man gets 20 years for keeping 13-year-old as sex slave


Theresa Zibowa

CHIKOMBA- Chivhu Regional Magistrate Fadzai Mtombeni has sentenced a Beatrice man who kept a 13-year-old girl as a sex slave to 20 years in jail.
Owen Mukono (40) of Dunnota Farm, Beatrice was given the sentence on Friday last week.
Magistrate Mtombeni said the sentence is a deterrent to would be rapists when handing down judgment.
Mukono kept the minor (name withheld) hostage at his place and would lock her in his room after her mother filed a missing person report.
Prosecutor Mike Choto told the court that sometime in November 2022 the complainant who was a student at a Beatrice school went to her grandmother’s place in Unit N Seke, Chitungwiza.
On December 24, 2022, the complainant decided to return home to celebrate the festive season with her family and she met Mukono at Ruzave shops, Breamer in Beatrice and he offered her a place for the night.
Mukono slept at a friend’s place on the day and also promised to find the minor a job.
On the next day, he took the complainant to Murombedzi where they stayed for five days as Mukono was looking for a job for her.
They then returned to Breamer after New Year celebrations and Mukono stayed with the minor and raped her on several occasions. He kept promising to find her a job.
The minor’s mother filed a missing report and Mukono kept the minor locked in his house and would rape her every night. The minor later fell ill and Mukono took her to his mother’s place.
His mother turned him away and he dumped the minor at Chibhanguza shops where she was seen by Refias Moyo of Nyatsime who then took her back to her mother.
The complainant was then interviewed by her mother and she narrated the rape ordeal. A Police report was filed leading to the arrest of Mukono and the minor was medically examined at a Mbare Clinic.

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