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A CHIREDZI woman who “raped” her mentally ill teenage stepson and infected him with a sexually transmitted disease will spend the next 13 years in prison.

Respina Mukanduri, 40, was convicted by a local court and slapped with a 16 year jail sentence but had three years suspended with conditions.

The State, led by Moreblessing Rusere, proved beyond reasonable doubt that Mukanduri raped the teenage boy on a number of occasions while his father was away from home.

During the abuse, the court heard, Mukanduri would tell the teenager not to reveal the attacks to his father, adding he should be happy to assume his dad’s “duties” as he was always away on business.

The rape was only discovered when the teenager told his father, one Hanyani Matsilele, that he was not feeling well. He was taken to the hospital where it was discovered he had an STI.

The boy was then forced to reveal the source of the infection and the circumstances that led to it.

During the trial, Mukanduri denied “raping” the boy, claiming they were infact, lovers.

She however, later changed her story and said the boy was being influenced by her husband’s relatives who wanted to end their marriage.

She was however convicted by magistrate Judith Zuyu after a full trial.

Source : New Zimbabwe