BY TINAANI NYABEREKA
Gweru– A visually impaired man who raped his 14 year old niece before buying her silence with $1 has been slapped with a 14 year jail term.
Convicted of a November 2017 crime the accused who cannot be named to protect the identity of the minor pleaded guilty to the charge when he this week appeared before Gweru Magistrate Phathekile Msipa.
It is the state’s case that in November 2017 the accused who reside in Woodlands Park, Gweru, visited his mother in law who was staying with the minor in Shurugwi.
The court heard the mother in law decided to go out to fetch fire wood at a nearby bush leaving the minor in the custody of the accused.
Mpofu then requested for water from his niece and she obliged.
Upon bringing the water the accused grabbed the complainant by her waist when she had knelt to give him water before pushing her to the ground and raped her once.
The accused threatened to kill his niece if she revealed the issue to anyone before buying her silence the following day with $1 before he returned to Gweru.
The girl then returned to her mother‘s house where he latter allegedly observed that she was having difficulties in walking .the mother interrogated the complainant who told her that her uncle had raped her.
The issue was later reported to the police leading to the arrest of the accused.
In her verdict, Msipa said the accused was supposed to protect the minor but instead betrayed the trust of the complainant.
Mpofu was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with 3 years being suspended on the condition of good behavior.