12 years behind bars over rape
13 July 2018
From Tsitsi Mukozho in Mukozho
A 29-year-old Silobela man was this week thrown behind bars for raping a woman who had turned down his marriage proposal.
John Tshuma (29) from Village 4 under Chief Malisa appeared before Midlands Regional Magistrate Morgan Nemadire facing charges of rape.
Tshuma pleaded not guilty but he was convicted after a full trial and was sentenced to 15 years in prison; however three years were suspended on the condition of good behaviour.
It is the state’s case that in November last year; the complainant was on her way home from a tuckshop in the company of her brother when they met Tshuma.
It is alleged that he grabbed both of them and went with them to his homestead. Upon arrival, the accused told the complainant’s brother to sit on the sofa while he went with the woman to his bedroom.
Tshuma told the complainant that he wanted to marry her and she turned down his proposal.
He then went on to strip the complainant of her clothes, then forced her to lie down on his bed and then raped her once.
They both dressed up after the act. The complainant went to tell her brother that she had been raped and they proceeded to make a report at the police station.
Lloyd Mavhiza represented the State.