Twenty years for sex with mentally-ill girl

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Onward Gangata in GWERU

A SILOBELA man was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for soliciting and having sexual intercourse with a mentally-challenged girl.

Mpilo Dube, 25, of Thuthwane village under Chief Malisa in Silobela, was arraigned before Gweru regional magistrate Phathekile Msipa facing three counts of rape.

However, Msipa treated the three counts as one and slapped Dube with an effective 20-year jail sentence, arguing that he had taken advantage of the complainant’s disability to sexually exploit her.

It is the State’s case that sometime in April 2017, Dube unlawfully and intentionally had sexual intercourse with the girl (who was 17 at the time) on three separate occasions in her bedroom.

The matter came to light in April 2017 during one of Dube’s escapades when the complainant’s parents heard loud noises in their daughter’s bedroom. The parents then went to check, resulting in Dube fleeing the scene.

The complainant’s parents then quizzed their daughter, resulting in the matter being reported to the police leading to Dube’s arrest.

The complainant was then taken to Kwekwe District Hospital where medical and psychiatric examinations were conducted and reports submitted to the courts as evidence.

In his defence, Dube claimed they were in a relationship, but the court threw out his defence, noting he had acted irresponsibly and exploited the woman by taking advantage of her mental condition.

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