A 15-year-old pupil at a Kamativi School has been slapped with three strokes and two-year suspended sentence for four counts of raping her eight-year-old half sister.
BY SILAS NKALA
The boy, who cannot be identified, was convicted of the rape charge despite his plea of not guilty when he appeared before Hwange regional magistrate Dambudzo Malunga last Thursday.
Prosecutor Bheki Tshabalala told the court that the incident occurred on August 20 this year. Both the culprit and victim were related and stayed in the same house in Hwange.
The court heard on the fateful day, the boy took advantage of their parents’ absence and lured the girl into his bedroom, where he raped her once before repeating the act on September 1, 2 and 4. In all the incidences he persuaded the juvenile not to tell anyone about the abuse.
The offence only came to light on September 4 when the girl’s mother interrogated her during a bath, when she noticed that she had some bruises on her privates.
The girl then narrated her abuse leading to the boy’s arrest.