CONNIVING with his wife to rape a juvenile (14) earned a Chimanimani couple 11-year jail terms.
Diamond Mupeta (24) who was employed as a security guard at Gwendingwe Estate in Chimanimani and Prosperity Marange (20) were convicted on their own guilty pleas when they recently appeared before Chipinge regional magistrate, Mrs Farisi Chakanyuka, facing rape charges.
Prosecuting, Mr Themba Dhliwayo said on April 6, Marange went to the complainant (name withheld)’s homestead and asked her sister to allow the complainant to look after her maize fields in her absence.
“The complainant’s sister allowed Marange to take the complainant to her homestead. The complainant was told to look after Marange’s maize fields and chase away baboons. Marange told the complainant that she would return home on the same day.
“Marange left for an unknown destination and upon her return, she asked the complainant to marry her husband, Mupeta, who was also in the hut,” he said.
Mr Dhliwayo said the complainant turned down Marange’s request, arguing that she was still too young for marriage.
“Marange continued pestering her and also told her that she also got married at a young age. Marange grabbed the complainant’s left hand and closed the door.
“Mupeta requested to be intimate with the complainant, but she refused. He then pushed her to the ground and the complainant screamed for help. Marange gagged her mouth with a blanket.
“Marange went out of the hut, leaving Mupeta to rape the juvenile,” he said.
After the act, Mupeta told the complainant not to tell anyone. He left the hut and went back to Gwendingwe Estate. Marange later accompanied the complainant home and also instructed her not to divulge the assault to anyone.
The matter came to light on April 8 when the complainant’s sister discovered that she was having difficulties in walking.
When she was quizzed, the complainant narrated what had transpired and a report was made to the police, thereby leading to the couple’s arrest.