A 27 YEAR-OLD man from Mwenezi has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for raping a woman with mental health problems.
Masvingo magistrate Lyn Manyika suspended three years of the sentence because Obert Rusenga had been in remand prison for 15 months during the course of the trial.
Prosecutor Mukai Mutunhe told the court that Rusenga took advantage of the woman who was from his village in Mwenezi and raped her once.
The court heard that Rusenga was seated by the road-side when he saw the victim and her brother approaching on their way home to collect their grandmother's phone.
Rusenga inquired where the two were going and offered to accompany them.
After collecting the phone, the court was told that Rusenga ordered the brother to proceed to their grandmother while he remained behind with the sister.
The brother told the court he heard Rusenga propositioning his sister saying he preferred mental health patients because they were least likely to have HIV and AIDS.
He then dragged her into a nearby bush and raped her once.
The woman later reported the attack to her grandmother who alerted the police, leading to Rusenga's arrest.