HARARE – A 23-year-old Greendale man will spend the next 11 years in jail for raping his domestic worker.
Charles Marumani was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment yesterday, with five years suspended on condition he does not commit an offense of a sexual nature within five years of his release.
In passing sentence, Harare regional magistrate Rogers Kachambwa considered that Marumani was still young, married and with one child.
However, Kachambwa also noted that Marumani had committed a serious offence by traumatising their 20-year-old babysitter.
He also noted that he victimised the domestic worker within a month that she had worked for him in the leafy Harare suburb.
The State proved that on September 3 this year around 4pm, Marumani’s maid was in the house packing the child’s clothes.
Marumani entered the room and grabbed the 20-year-old girl by the waist before pushing her on to the bed.
Marumani went on to gag her mouth using a piece of cloth before removing her clothes and raping her.
After the incident, Marumani put on his clothes and left the maid lying on the bed. He returned after a few minutes, threatening the complainant against disclosing the rape and warning her that she faced death if she reported the case.
She later revealed the incident to her mother the following day and reported the matter to the police, leading to Marumani’s arrest.