Geriatric jailed for rape

BULAWAYO - A Jotsholo geriatric has been jailed 15 years for raping a child old enough to be his great grandchild.

The 13-year-old Grade Seven complainant who cannot be named because of her age was a neighbour to the accused.

Ninety-two-year-old Bolli Ndlovu from Mutshekwa village in Jotsholo, Lupane was convicted by Hwange regional magistrate Dambudzo Malunga of four counts of rape.

Malunga considered the accused’s age and collapsed the four counts into one for a lesser sentence.

In mitigation, Ndlovu who was staying alone at his homestead said: “I was tempted by the fact that she would come to me periodically to ask for money.”

The court proved that on the date unknown but between the beginning of February the end of that month, the complainant who was on her way to school passed through Ndlovu’s homestead.

She then asked for sweet reeds from him which she was given.

Ndlovu invited the complainant into his bedroom where he instructed her to undress before he raped her, according to the state papers. The complainant proceeded home where she stayed with her grandmother and did not narrate the ordeal to anyone.

The court further proved that on three other separate occasions, Ndlovu would provide the complainant with food and money before raping her as she passed through on her way from school.

On the fourth occasion, the court heard her grandmother became worried when she was late home.

Depressed, she traced her granddaughter’s footprints to Ndlovu’s homestead.

The grandmother reportedly quizzed the accused about the whereabouts of her granddaughter but he flatly denied ever seeing her yet she was in the hut.

The suspicious and worried granddaughter quickly mobilised fellow villagers and members of the neighbourhood watch committee for a manhunt.

The search led to the discovery of the juvenile who was later interviewed and narrated what had transpired, leading to Ndlovu’s arrest.

 

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