A 50-year-old man has been sentenced to an effective 17 years imprisonment after being convicted of raping his nine-year-old niece.
Vengai Nekati was initially sentenced to 20 years before three years were suspended on condition of good behaviour. In a statement, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said:
“Vengai Nekati was arraigned before the Bindura Magistrates’ Court facing charges of raping his 9-year-old niece.
“The allegations are that on the 13th of January 2023 the complainant and her mother went to the accused person’s home in Nekati Village, Bindura, to visit him.
“After the visit, the complainant returned to the accused person’s home to ask for cucumbers, Nekati then raped the minor and sent her away,” NPA said.
NPA said the matter came to light on January, 16 when the complainant’s mother sent her to the accused’s home and she refused, before revealing the rape incident, and a report was made to the police leading to Nekati’s arrest.
Meanwhile, in another incident, two brothers were sentenced to 14 and eight years in prison respectively for raping a 17-year-old mentally challenged girl.
Tonderai Muoni, 22, and Elvis Muoni, 19, were arraigned in the Bindura Magistrates’ Court separately facing charges of raping the 17-year-old girl.
“The facts of the matter are that sometime in June 2022, the two brothers took turns to rape the complainant on separate occasions,” the NPA said.
“Elvis Muoni met the complainant at Ruya River in Dotito where they had sexual intercourse on two separate occasions at a nearby bush.
“In the same month, on a certain day in the afternoon at Chiromo Village, Dotito, Tonderai Muoni followed the complainant to the village grazing lands where she had gone to herd cattle. He then coerced the complainant into having sexual intercourse with him.”
The NPA said the matter came to light when Muoni went to the complainant’s home to see her and the complainant’s aunt saw him.
“When quizzed by the aunt why Muoni had come to see her, the complainant divulged the incidents in which she had sexual intercourse with both accused persons,” the NPA said.
The NPA warned that Section 64 (3) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act CAP 9:23 provides that any person who engages in sexual intercourse or other sexual conduct with a mentally disabled person shall be charged with rape or any other sexual offence as the case may be.