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A CHIVI man, aged 32, will languish in jail for the next 17 years after he was found guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl.

Leonard Matanda was sentenced after a full trial by Magistrate Judith Zuyu who suspended three years on condition that he does not commit a sexual offence involving a minor in the next five years.

The girl is a Grade 5 pupil at a local school in Chivi.

Prosecutor, Mukai Mutume, told the court that Matanda forced himself on the minor after he offered to help the girl find her lost heifer.

A medical report produced in court showed the minor had been sexually violated.

Mutume told the court that sometime this year, the minor was herding cattle alone in Muzvondiwa Village when one of her cattle went missing.

Whilst searching for the heifer, the minor met Matanda who offered to assist her look for the beast.

During the search, the court heard that Matanda stopped to urinate and told the girl that his private organ was now erect and wanted to have sex with her.

The court heard that the girl fled but Matanda chased and caught her before raping her once.

The girl related her ordeal to her mother when she returned home. They later reported the matter to the police leading to Matanda’s arrest.

In passing her judgement, Zuyu said the incident will haunt the minor for the rest of her life.

She also took a swipe at the girl’s parents for letting her search for the lost heifer in the mountain alone.

“Parents should protect their (children) at all times. Letting a person at the girl’s age to wander alone in the bushes is great negligence on the parent’s part,” said the magistrate.

“Matanda, at your age you should be a guardian to the minor. You had led by example in trying to help the people but ended up doing the unthinkable that will haunt her for the rest of her life.”

Source : New Zimbabwe

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