Sharing blankets; blind man rapes niece


MASVINGO – A visually handicapped man from Mutanha Village under Chief Murinye has been remanded in prison after he allegedly raped his sister’s daughter (15) whom he shared a sleeping place and blankets with.

Alexander Mubaiwa (41) appeared before Regional Magistrate Bishard Chineka on Thursday last week facing two counts of rape and was remanded in custody to tomorrow.

Mubaiwa is refuting the allegations. He says the fact that he is HIV positive and the complainant is not shows that he never had intercourse with her.

The State said sometime in August, 2019 Mubaiwa shared blankets with his sister’s children. He then told the complainant to sleep next to him because the other children were bed wetting. He then allegedly raped the girl and threatened her if she divulged the incident to anyone.

On the second count in September the accused allegedly invited the complainant into his room and raped her.

There are also reports that the accused started raping the complainant since she was in Grade 5.

Liberty Hove represented the State.

The complainant’s mother discovered the rape when she was bathing with her daughter and realised that her private parts were no longer intact. She interrogated the girl who divulged what has been happening between her and her the accused.

A report was made at Nemanwa Police on September 15, 2019 and the medical results showed that the complainant was raped.

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