A police officer was yesterday sentenced to 15 years for raping a 20-year-old woman whom he accused of gossiping about him.
Kudakwashe Kapota (23), who was stationed at Marlborough Police Station, threatened to take the woman to the President’s Office as punishment if she failed to comply with his sexual demands.
Harare magistrate Ms Sandra Mpindu sentenced Kapota to 18 years in prison after convicting him of rape and suspended three years for five years.
In passing sentence, Ms Mpindu said Kapota brought the President’s Office into disrepute.
“What is disturbing is that accused is a police officer who is under obligation to uphold and enforce the law,” she said. “The question is who should police the police?
“The offence was deliberate and calculated after lying that he was a member of the Presidential Guard.
He later arrested the woman, said he was to take her to the presidential office to explain herself and to be assaulted. Accused tarnished the image of the office after portraying it as a place where people are assaulted, hence putting it into disrepute “
Prosecutor Ms Ressie Nyamombe said on December 13 last year at around 8pm, Kapota approached the woman to inquire about the gossip she was spreading about him.
After the confrontation, Kapota told the woman that she was under arrest.
The woman begged for forgiveness and Kapota inquired what she was willing to give to earn the forgiveness.
He then asked her to become his wife because he wanted to make love to her that night, but the woman remained silent.