A Zvishavane man who abused his sister’s trust and raped his 9-year-old niece has been sentenced to 33 years in prison. The 24-year-old uncle from hell also infected his grade-three niece with HIV.
The uncle who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of his victim was staying at the same house with his sister and her children. He took advantage of his sister’s absence to rape his niece on multiple occasions between March and April.
The court heard that the pervert uncle would sneak into the room where his nieces were sleeping and would rape the 9-year-old. The 9-year-old shared the room with her younger sisters aged four and two.
The abuse came to light when the victim refused to sleep in the room. When her older sister questioned about the reluctance, the 9-year-old revealed that the uncle was raping her.
The sister reported the matter to the police and the paedophile uncle was arrested. The sister also took her sibling for an HIV Test and unfortunately, it came out positive.
The uncle appeared before Regional Magistrate Mr Christopher Maturure facing two counts: one count of raping his niece and one count of deliberately infecting her with HIV.
He pleaded not guilty and made a spirited attempt to deny the charges. However, his subterfuge did not work, and the magistrate found him guilty after a full trial.
The magistrate had no kind words for the uncle who abused his position of trust to prey on his sister’s child. He said that his sentence should serve as a deterrence to other like-minded would-be offenders and sentenced him to 33 years in prison.
The Chronicle reports that in passing sentence, Mr Maturure said,
“Her life has totally changed because of your actions. For rape you are sentenced to 18 years and deliberately infecting the complainant, 15 years,”