Zim grandpa jailed for using granddaughter as 'sex slave'
17 March 2016, 17:30
Harare - An elderly Zimbabwean man has been sentenced to 13 years in jail after he was found guilty of using his 13-year-old granddaughter as a "sex slave" and impregnating her in the process.
Dumiso Ndlovu, a 64-year-old Victoria Falls resident, was convicted of rape on Wednesday and will serve an effective 10 years in prison with 3 years of his sentence suspended for 5 years on condition of good behaviour.
According to The Chronicle, Ndlovu was alleged to have committed the crime between January and June last year while his wife was away from the family home.
The court heard that the grandfather sneaked into the girl's bedroom several times and raped her during her grandmother's absence.
In passing judgement, presiding judge Dambudzo Malunga described the suspect as a cruel man who deserved a lengthy prison term.
"You raped a very young girl. You're a cruel grandfather who actually took advantage of your wife's absence and raped your own granddaughter. Instead of protecting the victim, you turned into a beast and raped her," Malunga ruled.
The development follows on from a report by The Zimbabwean, in which a man was found guilty of impregnating his 15-year-old daughter last year.
According to the report, the man, a 44-year-old resident of Gokwe district, made his way into his daughter's bed at night, raped her and threatened to kill her if she revealed the details to anyone.
The man's wife, however, came out in support of her husband's incest, saying she did not want action to be taken against him regarding the matter.