By Masvingo Correspondent
Masvingo: A 42-year-old Zaka man has been slapped with a 90-year-jail sentence after he was convicted of raping his 13-year-old daughter on six different occasions resulting in the minor falling pregnant.
The man, who could not be named to protect the victim, was sentenced on his own guilty plea when he appeared before Chiredzi Regional Magistrate Judith Zuyu recently.
Fifteen years of his sentence were conditionally suspended, allowing him to serve 75 effective years.
In passing sentence, Magistrate Zuyu said the man had breached the trust bestowed upon him as father of the victim while showing the highest levels of cruelty by introducing the minor to sexual activity.
“You are a father to the child. She is only 13 years, a very tender age for someone to be introduced to this adult behaviour,” said the magistrate.
“You breached the trust that was bestowed in you as a father and a severe punishment is most appropriate. That would also stand as a stern warning to those who would be offenders.”
Prosecutors told court that since December last year, the man raped his daughter at the family homestead during the absence of his wife and other family members.
In some cases, he would send the minor to buy some groceries at the shops before following her and raping her in the bushes.
Court heard that the man threatened to unleash bad omen on the girl if ever she exposed the abuse.
The matter came to light when an elderly woman in the village noticed some behavioural changes in the minor.
The woman called other women in the village who helped question the girl about the strange changes and she admitted to having fallen pregnant from her father’s sexual abuses.
A police report was made leading to the man’s arrest.