A lecturer at a Harare college has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for raping a student.
The 23-year-old educator pleaded not guilty when he appeared before a Harare magistrate on Friday. However, magistrate Gloria Takundwa found him guilty due to overwhelming evidence. Four years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
The magistrate considered the age of the victim (19 years), and the sentence was to act as a deterrent to teachers who would prey on students.
Prosecutors Chipo Chitambo said that the convict approached the complainant on February 15 this year and made a love proposal.
On the 20th of the same month, he ordered the student to remain behind after a lecture and she complied.
The convict then forced himself upon the complainant after locking the door to a reception area where he did the deed. The complainant then bolted out of the room soon after the incident and went to the police base along First Street where she reported the matter.
The lecturer was picked up by the police within 30 minutes of committing the offence. The victim was referred to the hospital for medical examination.