By Lorraine Samupanya
A Gweru man has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars for raping and impregnating his 14 year old cousin.
The convict Thabani Mlambo (24) of Tununu village under Chief Bunina in Lower Gweru recently appeared before Gweru regional Magistrate Phathekile Msipa and he pleaded not guilty.
The court however found overwhelming evidence against Mlambo and sentenced him to 15 years in prison, two years were suspended on condition that he does not commit a similar crime for the next five years.
The court heard that on an unknown date sometime last year, Mlambo approached the complainant whose name could not be revealed to help him with something in his bedroom.
Mlambo however locked the complainant in his bedroom and raped her several times with her mouth covered as a way of trying to stop her from screaming.
He threatened to kill the complainant in the event that she reveals the incident to anyone.
The matter however came to light five months later after the complainant’s grandmother noticed signs of pregnancy and took her to Lower Gweru clinic where test results proved positive. The girl revealed the ordeal to her grandmother who made a police report leading to Mlambo’s arrest.