Hwange regional magistrate Dambudzo Malunga last week presided over a case where three family members allegedly took turns to rape their 11-year-old relative and in the process infected her with HIV.
The abuse allegedly occurred in Lupane between December last year and February this year.
The trio, aged 15, 20 and 42 who could not be named to protect the victim’s identity, however, denied the rape charges.
However, the 15-year-old boy was convicted and sentenced to four strokes while the other two were remanded in custody to today for continuation of trial.
Prosecutor Tawanda Sigauke told the court that the teenage boy raped the girl twice after luring her into his bedroom.
The boy repeated the offence during the same month when the girl’s grandfather had gone to a funeral service.
The rape was discovered by the girl’s Bulawayo-based grandmother who spotted her soiled pants when she had visited her.
The boy was arrested on May 15 this year.
Sigauke alleged that the other 20-year-old suspect, also from Lupane, raped the girl twice in December last year after luring her to a secluded spot.
The court heard that in February this year, the third suspect raped the girl when she entered his bedroom hut to serve him lunch.
During the process, he allegedly infected her with HIV and gave her R2 to buy her silence.