Evil HIV+ serial rapist jailed 34 years

Crime & Courts Correspondent

An odious 23-year-old HIV positive man from Domboshava,  who went on a rape and robbery spree over a period of two years, has been slapped with a 34-year jail term.

Goodwill Mhandu was found guilty of raping and robbing nine women after full trial by Harare magistrate Mrs Letwin Rwodzi.

Witness testimonies and overwhelming evidence nailed the evil Mhandu, who would not just force himself on victims armed with dangerous weapons, but also robbed them of their possessions. He also broke into shops in Domboshava.

On the rape charges, Mhandu was initially sentenced to 15 years in jail and on robbery charges she slapped Mhandu with a 24-year-jail term before suspending five years on condition of good behavior.
She suspended another one year on condition that Mhandu pay restitution of US$500 by November 30 to the victims.

The State prosecutor Ethel Mahachi said sometime in November last year, Mhandu armed with a machete and iron bar, broke into Joina City Tuckshop in Domboshava where the complainant was sleeping.

Mhandu, reportedly tied her hands and legs before raping her three times without protection after threatening to chop off her head with the machete.

The court heard that after raping her, he ransacked the tuckshop and stole USS150, $5 OOO, groceries and two cellphones.
It was the State case that Mhandu packed the goods into plastic bags and the complainant’s black satchel and vanished.

On January 26 2022 Mhandu also broke into another shop called Hot Dog located in Domboshava and grabbed the lady who works there by the collar before pulling out a knife and demanded cash.
He handcuffed her and demanded shop keys.

The court heard that Mhandu forced the victim into the shop and tied her legs with a rope before raping her twice without protection.

The State told the court that he opened the cash box and stole US$500, $2 000 and two cellphones.
On January 6, this year, he allegedly broke into another complainant’s house armed with an axe and a machete. He then ordered her to remain silent or he would kill her. He stole US$6 from her wallet and assaulted her demanding more money.

Mhandu went to rape her four times before packing her groceries into a bag and went away.
He was arrested following a tip-off.


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