A Gumtree gold panner was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping his neighbour’s 11-year-old daughter.
Givemore Masedza (39), allegedly summoned the minor to his room after spotting her leaving the tuck shop and raped her there once.
He appeared recently before Bulawayo regional magistrate, Mark Dzira, facing one count of rape.
Masedza will, however, serve an effective 10-year-jail term after 3 years of the 13-year sentence were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
Prosecuting, Concilia Ncube, said Masedza raped the minor on an unknown date in the month of January 2022. Said Ncube:
The accused person and complainant are neighbours. On a date unknown to the prosecutor but in the month of January 2022 in the afternoon, the complainant was at the tuck shop buying bread, and the accused person called her to get into his room.
He told the complainant that he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her, and she refused.
He then pushed her to the bed and removed her navy skirt and panties and also removed his trousers and then forcibly had sexual intercourse with the complainant once without her consent.
Ncube further alleged that after the act, the girl told her mother about the incident when she returned from work.
She promised to to take her daughter to the hospital and get the man arrested, but she never did.
The matter only came to light when an anonymous person tipped off the police, leading to the arrest of Masedza. Said the prosecutor:
The police got a tip-off from an anonymous person, interviewed and took her for medical examination which revealed that she was sexually abused.
That led to the man’s arrest. He was referred to the hospital for medical examination and the medical affidavit can be produced as evidence.