A 53-year-old Mukumbura man was this Friday slapped with a 15-year jail sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl on three separate occasions.

Steven Zhuwaki was handed a 15-year jail term at the Bindura Magistrate court for 3 counts of raping a 13-year-old.  3 years were suspended on condition he does not commit a similar offense in the next 5 years.

Prosecutor, Gossy Mudambo told the court that on the 18th of August 2018, the convict followed the minor to a garden where he forced himself onto the girl. Zhuwaki repeated the offense in March this year, this time dragging the girl into his hut before handing her a dollar so that she would not report the matter.

On the third occasion, the accused raped the minor at his place and threatened her with a machete if she told anyone.

The matter came to light when the minor refused to visit Zhuwaki’s place of residence on her mother’s orders before divulging her ordeal.  The matter was reported at Mukumbura police station leading to Zhuwaki’s arrest.