A 42-year-old man has been slapped with 36 years in prison for raping his two biological daughters on several occasions and infecting them with HIV.
George Wanyara remained unrepentant throughout the trial held at Masvingo, Zimbabwe concluded at Masvingo Courts last week, insulting witnesses and hitting back at the Magistrate, something that aggravated his sentence. When the Magistrate asked the accused whether he had been tested for HIV, Wanyara hit back at the Magistrate and asked her to go and get tested herself.
"Enda unotestwa iwewe (go and get tested yourself)", said Wanyara after the Magistrate asked the accused if he had been tested for HIV.
Wanyara who is from Chitemere Village under Chief Neshuro in Mwenezi pleaded not guilty but Magistrate Esther Muremba found overwhelming evidence against him.
The Magistrate took note of Wanyara’s violent behaviour in court and said because of that he would go to prison for 36 years. It was the State case that sometime in November 2006, the accused left his sick wife in their bedroom and went to the hut which served as a kitchen and sneaked into the blankets of his 17 year-old daughter.
The daughter screamed for help from her mother after realising that someone was in her blankets but the accused threatened to kill the complainant before he raped her once.
Wanyara again raped the same daughter on January 7, 2012 when he entered the kitchen at night and demanded that the complainant give him food. When the complainant came with the food, the accused forced her to the ground, undressed her and raped her once.
The complainant reported the two counts to the Police the following morning. On the third count, the court heard that sometime in 2008 Wanyara approached his 10 year old daughter when she was sleeping in the same room with her brother and assaulted his son who bolted out of the house leaving the two together. Wanyara then raped his daughter who was sleeping naked in her blankets. One of the daughters is reported to have tested HIV positive, an infection allegedly passed on by the father.
Of the 36 years, six years were suspended on condition that Wanyara will not commit a similar offence in the next five years. Muremba indicated that she was not in a position to suspend more years since Wanyara was violent to both witnesses and the magistrate during the trial. Sophia Bhusvumani prosecuted.