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Zuyu jails man 30 years for raping mentally challenged woman

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Zuyu jails man 30 years for raping mentally challenged woman



CHIREDZI – A Chiredzi man was on Monday sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for raping a 23-year-old mentally challenged woman.
Magistrate Judith Zuyu found Sinfree Makhado guilty of two counts of raping a mentally challenged woman and he was slapped with 15 years on each count and will serve an effective 15 years.
In his defence Makhado of Munjanja Village, Chief Bota in Zaka told the court that the woman was his girlfriend and she consented to the sex. According to the law a mentally challenged person cannot consent to sex.
It is the State case that sometime in November 2022, Makhado had sex with the woman in the fields and on another date he had sex with her in a disused building.
The matter came to light when the woman’s young sister found Makhado having sex with the mentally challenged woman in the disused building.
The young sister reported the matter to her father who asked the mentally challenged woman who told her father everything about the abuse.
This led to the arrest of Makhado.
Makhadho in his defence told the court that the two were in love and he was not aware that the woman was mentally challenged.
Tanyaradzwa Tinago prosecuted.

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