Saturday, 16 July 2016


A 48-YEAR-OLD Budiriro man will rue the day he laid his hands on his 24-year-old maid after he was slapped with a 15-year jail term for rape.

Gibson Chinokoro will, however, spend the next 12 years behind bars after regional magistrate Adonia Masawi suspended three years on condition of good behaviour.

According to the State, on June 14 this year, Chinokoro knocked at the complainant’s bedroom door and asked for a blanket, which he was given, but seconds later, he is said to have returned and invited the complainant to the dining room to discuss issues taking place at the home.

The court heard the woman complied and went into the dining room and sat on a sofa opposite to where Chinokoro was sitting. Chinokoro is then said to have told the complainant he was not in good books with his wife and as such, he wanted her to be his second wife and promised to give her a stand and a house in Harare, but she refused.

The court heard the woman then returned to her spare bedroom to sleep and after some hours, she was awakened by Chinokoro who had sneaked into her blankets.
Chinokoro is said to have gagged the complainant’s mouth with a piece of cloth and raped her once.
On the next day, the complainant left and told her sister, who then accompanied her to make a police report leading to his arrest.

Stylon Marufu appeared for the State.newsday


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