A Masvingo man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison after he was convicted of raping his two daughters on separate occasions in rural Masvingo under Chief Nyajena.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughters, pleaded not guilty but was convicted because of overwhelming evidence and sentenced to 32 years in prison.
Five years were suspended on condition of good behavior and he will serve an effective 27 years in prison.
The court heard that in June 2021, the convict sneaked into the room of his 17-year-old daughter at night and raped her before threatening to kill her if she screamed or disclosed the ordeal.
On July 8, 2021, he raped his 13-year-old daughter.
Court heard on that night, he returned home around 9pm to find his wife and children already in their respective bedrooms.
He proceeded to his 13-year-old daughter’s bedroom where he went on to get into her blankets.
The elder daughter discovered he was about to rape her younger sibling and ran to inform their mother, who then tried to restrain him.
The man fought back, overpowered the wife, dragged her to their matrimonial bedroom, locked the door from outside, and returned to rape the 13-year-old.
Liberty Hove who appeared for the state told the court that the convict raped her twice that night before vanishing.
A police report was made the following day and a manhunt was launched leading to his arrest.