A BULAWAYO man will spend the next sixteen years of his life behind bars, ruing the day he decided to connive with a neighbour to rape his 13-year-old stepdaughter.
The man (whose name has been withheld to protect the identity of the girl) and his female accomplice were sentenced to 20 years in jail but could serve at least sixteen after Bulawayo regional magistrate, Mark Dzira suspended four years for good behaviour.
Another woman accused of also aiding the assault was acquitted after she convinced the court she was only visiting her friend at the time of the incident.
Meanwhile, the court was told that the man – who said he was a prophet — and his accomplice hatched the plan and invited the girl into a room at Burombo Flats in Nguboyenja where they lived.
The girl, a Grade Seven pupil at a local school, had been playing outside.
Prosecutors said she went to the room where the two women asked her if she wanted a boyfriend and, when she refused, pushed her into the room where the stepfather was sitting on sofa and locked the door.
The man offered the child some money which was declined after which he asked if she would mind having sex with him which she also refused.
However, he proceeded to rape her once on the sofa before resting for some minutes and then assaulting her again.
The women who were said to have been standing guard outside later unlocked the door and warned the child against speaking about the incident.
The assault was only revealed recently when the girl related the incident to her aunt after suspecting that she may have fallen pregnant.
A report was made to the police leading to the arrest of the man and the woman.
Source: New Zimbabwe