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78-year old man rapes mentally challenged minor

Tsitsi Marange

A 78-year old Shurugwi man appeared before the court today for allegedly raping a 15-year old mentally challenged girl.

Prosecuting the case, Talent Tadenyika said Jacob Mupetiwa (78) of Kadodo Village under Chief Nhema in Shurugwi met the complainant (name withheld to protect identity) on February 16 last year and promised to marry her.

On March 16, this year, the complainant again met with the accused at Mugumba dam and the accused then asked the complainant to spend the night at his homestead and the complainant agreed.

It is said that, they went to the accused’s place and started staying as husband and wife thus having four different sexual encounters.

The court further heard that, on March 18, this year Ranganai Mhlambi the complainant’s uncle went to Mupetiwa’s place to take her niece and reported the matter to the police leading to Mpetiwa’s arrest.

The complainant was medically examined and the report produced in court proved that, the complainant was mentally challenged therefore she cannot consent to sexual activities.

In his defence, Mupetiwa said he did not know that the complainant was mentally challenged and he was unaware of her age.

Mupetiwa added that he wanted to marry the complainant since his wife had died long back.

Gweru Regional Magistrate Phatekile Msipa who presided over the case adjourned the matter to 27 September.

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