Gokwe lawyer caged 18 years for raping girl (4)

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GOKWE – A 34-year-old Gokwe based lawyer will serve an effective 18 years imprisonment after he
was convicted of raping his friend’s four year old daughter on a sofa at his house.
The accused Mike Mudara, a lawyer employed by the Ministry of Justice Legal and Parliamentary
Affairs, appeared before Gokwe Regional Magistrate Lungile Ndlovu and was sentenced to 18 years
in jail last Thursday.
The National Prosecuting Authority had called for a stiff penalty as Mudara was an employee in the
justice delivery sector and was well versed with children’s rights.
“The National Prosecuting Authority aggravated for a stiff penalty as the accused person is an
employee in the justice delivery sector who knows better about the protection of children and their
rights,” read part of the statement.
The court heard that sometime early last year, Mudara being a friend to the father of the four-year-
old complainant, took her to his home for personal safety and security after the father had been
involved in a physical brawl with an unknown man.
“When they got to the accused person’s home, he asked the complainant to lie down on the sofa,
removed her underwear and raped her. He told her that he was applying some medicine on her and
afterwards he threatened to beat her if she told her father of the incident,” NPA said.
The matter came to light when the girl’s aunt asked her why she was scratching her private parts.
The girl then told her aunt about the rape ordeal.
A report was made to the police and the lawyer was arrested and taken to court.

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