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ZVISHAVANE - Asking a favour from your victim! A 42-year-old Zvishavane man who was arraigned before magistrate Shepherd Mnjanja on charges of raping his biological sister asked her to look after his children when he gets jailed.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, pleaded guilty to the crime as defined in Section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
It was State's case that sometime in March, the accused went to his sister’ homestead in Pasira Village under Chief Mazvihwa in the evening at around 19:00 hrs.
He asked for a traditional fermented marula brew called mukumbi from the complainant.
After taking the alcohol, he forced his sister onto the ground and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent.
The complainant later reported her ordeal to her other brother who then advised her to report the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of the suspect.
After learning that rape charges had been pressed on him, the suspect asked the complainant to look after his children during his imprisonment.
"I don't know why you did this to me, I am asking you just to take care of my children,” he repeated the plea in court.
The accused was remanded in custody pending trial at the High Court.

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