Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
Zim Dancehall artist Joseph
Chihomuhomu/Chigudogudo Mutamba was yesterday sentenced to 18 years in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl who was a fellow tenant at his place of residence.
Chihomuhomu was convicted after a full trial by regional magistrate Hosae Mujaya. In his ruling, Mujaya castigated Mutamba for being a musician who claimed to sing against child marriages, but went on to take advantage
of the trust the child had in him and raped her.
The State led by George Manokore proved beyond reasonable doubt that the complainant was at their shared home when Mutamba called
her and asked her to sweep his room for him.
The court, through the complainant herself, heard that the complainant agreed as Mutamba would give her some money. When the complainant entered the room, she asked
Mutamba to leave the house and he went outside
While the complainant was sweeping,
Mutamba suddenly came back into the house and locked the door from inside.
It was proved that Mutamba then suddenly produced a knife and told the complainant to drink some juice which was in a glass on the table threatening her with a knife.