Grandpa rapes niece

MASVINGO - A septuagenarian grandfather from Bikita will languish in prison for the next 30 years after he was convicted for raping his 14-year-old niece.

Masvingo magistrate Lyn Manyika slapped Godfrey Masunda with a 36 year jail term, but suspended six years on condition of good behavior.

Masunda, 73, of Gunikuni Village in Bikita will effectively serve 30 years in prison for the crime.

Prosecutor Sophia Bhusvumani told the court that sometime in November last year, Masunda was left in custody of the deaf and dumb girl by her mother while she went to work in the fields.

Masunda raped the girl while the mother was away.

The court further heard that the girl reported the matter to her mother shortly after she returned from the fields.

The mother rushed her daughter to Mashoko Mission Hospital and a report was made to the police.

A medical report confirmed the juvenile was raped.

In sentencing the accused, Manyika said the old man needed a stiff penalty for raping the hapless young girl from the special interest group of physically challenged persons.

Six years were suspended because Masunda did not waste the court’s time by quickly pleading guilty.

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