Man gets 12 years for raping minor

HARARE - A 29-year-old man who turned a debt collector into his rape victim, has been jailed for 12 years.

Noel Marikazi was found guilty of raping a 14-year-old girl, who had been sent to collect $5 from him by her aunt.

Regional magistrate Simon Rogers Kachambwa had initially sentenced Marikazi to 15 years behind bars, but set aside three years on condition he does not commit the same offence.

The court heard on September 28 last year, the minor was sent by her aunt to collect money from Marikazi. While at his house, the minor was allegedly dragged indoors by Marikazi after being muffled with a cloth so that she could not scream for help.

It is the state’s case that Marikazi pinned the girl to the ground and raped her, after which he threatened her with death.

On October 22, the minor girl told her aunt about the incident, in the wake of rumours surrounding the matter.

The police further received an anonymous tip-off about the incident, resulting in Marikazi’s arrest.