A WATERFALLS man who abused on several occasions his daughter and put her under house arrest between July and October last year will spend the next 20 years in jail after he was convicted of five counts of rape.
The man was initially sentenced to 25 years before five were set aside on conditions.
Prosecutors proved said the abuse started following the death of the girl’s mother.
Court heard that in July last year, on an unknown date the man woke up around midnight and approached his daughter who was sleeping in another room.
He then asked his daughter if she knew what “Kuripirwa” was but the girl said she had no idea what it was.
The father then explained that it meant she had to do what her mother would have done with him had she been alive
He then gave the girl some snuff to sniff after which she started sneezing. As she tried to go out of the room, court heard, her father grabbed her and pushed her to the bed.
He then took an axe which he laid beside the bed before removing her skirt. He ordered her to comply, threatening her with death. The father then wore a co_ndom and raped his daughter once
After two months, court heard, the father again told his daughter that his business was not performing well, adding that in order to attract customers he was supposed to have sex with her.
Court heard he said he would cleanse himself afterwards and sprinkle the water inside his shop to draw more customers. The girl refused but her father, again, forced himself on her.
This occurred on several occasions, court heard. Each time the father would order his daughter to wash her privates after the rape and give him the water.
During the month of October, the man would lock his daughter inside the house or take her with him to wherever he went.
All the while the girl could not alert anyone until one day when they were walking to an unknown place. On that day, she escaped and ran straight to Glen Norah police station where she emotionally narrated the abuse.
The investigating officer almost broke down narrating how the girl told her story. She said the girl tightly hugged her while crying before she could utter a word.
The officer told court it took time for the police to comfort her before she was able to narrate her story