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Man Receives 20-Year Sentence for Raping Neighbor’s 5-Year-Old Daughter While Wife Was Drunk

A 24-year-old man from Beitbridge has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping his neighbor’s 5-year-old daughter while his intoxicated wife slept beside them in bed.

According to a statement released by the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe (NPAZ), the incident occurred on December 23, 2023.

The victim’s mother had entrusted her daughter to the care of the accused man’s wife while she traveled for work.

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Upon returning home around midnight, the accused found the young girl sleeping beside his wife. Exploiting the situation, the man perpetrated the assault while his wife remained unconscious due to intoxication.

The accused man attempted to conceal his crime by purchasing mangoes for the victim two days later, instructing her to shift blame onto other children she played with if questioned about the incident.

Despite noticing unusual discharge while bathing the child, the accused’s wife failed to inquire about the situation.

The truth emerged when the victim confided in her aunt, prompting her mother to report the matter to the authorities. Subsequently, the accused was apprehended and charged by law enforcement.

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