'Widower subjects daughter to five years of rape'


A 49-YEAR-OLD man from Pumula North suburb in Bulawayo has been arrested for allegedly habitually raping his 19-year-old daughter since she was 14, when her mother died.The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter, allegedly promised the girl a laptop and $100 when he started abusing her.
"On the first attempt, the suspect promised the minor that he would give her $100 and buy her a laptop which he never delivered," said a source close to the family.
"As he continued to rape her over the years, he still made false promises until the time she realised that she was being abused."
Sources said the man guarded his daughter jealously and would not allow her to speak to neighbours or have friends.
"It's possible the juvenile was not aware she was being abused. She only decided to report her father after learning of the effects of rape and upon realising that her father would not stop abusing her. She endured five years of despicable abuse," said a neighbour.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango confirmed the matter and said the suspect had been arrested.
"I can confirm the arrest of a 49-year-old man who allegedly sexually abused his biological daughter for five years. Since 2013, the man has been allegedly raping his daughter on different occasions until last month. She reported the matter and the suspect was arrested. Investigations are underway," she said.
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