harare-magistrates-court.jpgA 41 year old Harare man Edison Chitukutuku has been sentenced to an effective 12 years in prison for raping a 13 year old girl on multiple occasions.

 

Harare Magistrate, Mr. Daniel Shonhiwa initially sentenced Chitukutuku to 16 years but suspended four years.

 

 

The state led by Mrs. Kudzai Chigwedere had submitted that the accused must be given a lengthy custodial sentence for raping his 13 year old neighbour’s daughter.

Mrs. Chigwedere had indicated that such mature culprits who commit serious offences must be removed from society.

 

In a related case of child abuse a 24 year old Murehwa man Tinashe Takavadini Chikupo has appeared before another Harare magistrate facing charges of raping a 7 year old girl.

 

It is the state’s case that from 2008 to 2009, Chikupo on several occasions raped the minor and did obscene things with the 7 year old.

A medical report which is part of the exhibits indicates that the minor sustained injuries.

Also at Harare magistrate courts was the case of a 36 year old Chishawasha man Douglas Jera who raped his 5 year old step daughter.

It is the state case that Jera chased away his wife after a quarrel and raped the complainant on the same day.

Jera is alleged to have threatened the complainant.

However a report was made leading to the arrest of the accused.
          
In a separate case, the trial of a Chinhoyi Public Prosecutor Douglas Shumbayaonda who is facing charges of abuse of duty as a public officer continued today with two witnesses testifying bringing to six witnesses who have so far given testimony.

The witnesses alleged that Shumbayaonda demanded money in order to withdraw charges.

 

 The prosecutor is alleged to have asked the complainants to wait at a certain place in Chinhoyi but a trap was set and the accused was given $200 trap money which was found in his possession.

Shumbayaonda is alleged to have offered a bribe to investigating officers who had arrested him.

 

The state led by Mr. Dumisani Mthombeni alleges that on 29 June 2010, Shumbayaonda unlawfully and intentionally did what was inconsistent with his duty as a public officer by soliciting for and receiving $200 meant for his benefit and by doing so showing favour to an accused.