Gweru Regional magistrate, Mrs Phathekile Msipa, added three more years for a 17-year-old boy who raped a two-year-old toddler. The three years were suspended in 2015 when he was convicted of a similar charge of rape.
Mrs Msipa said that as a repeat offender, the teenage boy deserved a custodial sentence which would act as a deterrent to would-be offenders. She said:
This is not your first time appearing before the court facing a similar charge. In 2015 you committed a similar offence and you were sentenced to a three year suspended sentence on condition you do not commit a similar offence within five years. That time frame hasn’t lapsed and you have committed another similar offence.
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There is a difference in age of 15 years between you and the complainant and you were supposed to protect the complainant, therefore a custodial sentence will serve justice to this case.
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