Man rapes 3-year-old girl

HARARE - A 26-year-old Mbare man who raped a three-year-old girl has claimed he was under the spell of evil spirits.

Innocent Mapundo was jailed for 20 years by regional magistrate Fadzai Mthombeni who said the Judiciary would be failing in its duty if it did not impose severe punishment on persons who sexually abuse children.

Mapundo lured the toddler into the house, sat the minor on his lap and raped her.

The girl’s mother, who was taking a bath during the rape, came out of the bathroom and noticed that her daughter was not wearing underwear. She quizzed the child and she told her what had happened.

In passing sentence, regional magistrate Mthombeni said it was not only aggravatory that the child is so small but also that Mapundo abused the minor when he knew that both her parents where around but he did not even care.

“Mapundo had only been at this house for a few hours, had been received well and even given food but he says that he never intended to commit the offence but was driven by evil spirits,” Mthombeni said. - Helen Kadirire

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