A TEENAGER (name withheld) from Silobela raped his 85-year-old grandmother before promising to fetch her water the next day to buy her silence. The rapist, 18, of Rungu Village, Chief Malisa, Silobela, yesterday appeared before Gweru Regional Magistrate Morgan Nemadire facing one count of rape.
Nemadire sentenced him to 15 years in jail. He will however serve an effective 12 years after Nemadire suspended three years on condition of good behaviour.
The grandson pleaded guilty to the charge and asked Nemadire to be lenient with him saying he had been used by the devil to commit the offence.
“The complainant asked who it was before she opened the door for him,” said Guveya. The court heard he ripped off his granny’s panties and raped her once.
“He promised to fetch water for her and fled into the night. The complainant got up, dressed herself and proceeded to her cousin’s homestead where she narrated the incident and spent the rest of the night there,” said Guveya.
The granny, the court heard, was escorted to the police the following day and filed a report leading to her grandson’s arrest. chronicle