Mqondisi Sibanda, a 32 year old Tsholotsho man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of rape and kidnapping by Bulawayo Regional Magistrate Mr Chrispen Mbewewe.
In passing judgement, Mr Mbewewe said:
According to the overwhelming evidence produced in this court that you even failed to challenge, you are found guilty as charged. In passing sentence we shall consider that you were drunk on the day in question. However, that doesn’t justify the humiliation that you caused the complainant to endure.
For kidnapping you shall be sentenced to five years in prison. Two will be suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour. For rape, you shall be sentenced to 15 years in jail. Five years will be suspended on condition of good behaviour.
Mr Simbarashe Manyiwa was prosecuting.
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