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A MBERENGWA man, aged 41, was on Monday sentenced to death for killing his three-year old stepdaughter to conceal the fact he had raped the tot.

Samson Mutero forced the little girl to accompany him to fetch firewood in the bush where he raped and assaulting her all over the body leaving her unconscious.

After the heinous abuse Mutero carried the little girl back to the homestead where she later succumbed injuries from the assault.

Delivering judgement, High Court Judge, Justice Lawrence Kamocha said Mutero committed the crime under aggravating circumstances and said capital punishment was proper given the circumstances.

Justice Kamocha convicted Mutero for murder with actual intent before handing down the death sentence.

The court heard that the incident occurred on the 20th September 2013 when Mutero was at home in the company of girl and her mother.

Mutero asked the tot to accompany him to collect firewood in the bush despite pleas by the mother not to take her there.

When they were in the bush he raped the little girl before assaulting her with an unknown object all over the body until she fell unconscious.

He then carried her back to the homestead where he lay in a bedroom hut lying to his wife that the child had suffered from epileptic seizures.

The minor succumbed to the assault later on the same day and Mutero arranged to have her buried in Nkomonye village under Chief Nyamhondo, Mberengwa.

The village head in the area however became suspicious and reported the matter to the police leading to Mutero’s arrest.

A medical examination concluded the cause of death could not be ascertained due to decomposition but indicated a lacerated rectum and sexual abuse.

Source : New Zimbabwe