Uncle jailed for raping niece

HARARE - An elderly Harare man will spend the next 10 years behind bars after he was convicted for raping and impregnating his teenage niece.

Harare regional magistrate Sandra Mupindu initially sentenced  61-year-old John Handreck to 15 years in prison before suspending five years on condition of good behaviour for the next five years.

According to court papers, the two stayed at the same house before Handreck got tempted to have sex with the girl in November last year.

On the day in question, the court heard Handreck got into the kitchen where the teenager was preparing food and forcibly took her to his bedroom.

The girl screamed, but a determined Handreck gagged her mouth using a cloth, before raping her. After the act, the court heard, Handreck ordered her to take a bath.

According to State papers, the girl did not tell anyone about the rape and Handreck repeated the act the following month after asking the minor to sweep his bedroom.

The girl’s mother later visited in January this year and took the girl to Mutoko.

The offence only came to light early this month, when the girl’s mother discovered that the minor was pregnant. - Tendai Kamhungira

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