A 19-YEAR-OLD man from Mwenezi will languish in prison for the next 18 years after he was found guilty of raping his eight-year-old sister several times since last year.
The man, whose name has been withheld to protect the minor, pleaded guilty to the rape charge and was slapped with a 20-year jail term.
Two years of the sentence were suspended on condition he does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.
He appeared before Magistrate Collet Ncube on Friday.
Prosecutor Mukai Mutume told the court that sometime last year, the man was staying with the girl at their grandmother's house.
While the grandmother was busy with her daily chores, the man would call his sister into his bedroom and threaten her with death if she screamed.
The court heard that on the first occasion, he forcibly removed the minor's pants, covered her face with a blanket and raped her.
The minor reported the abuse to her grandmother after she returned from the fields but no action was taken.
He continued to rape his sister until July 20 last year when he went to South Africa.
When he returned home in March this year, the court heard that he continued to abuse his sister.
The girl then told one of her teachers on June 18 this year. The teacher took the minor to her grandmother and advised her to report the matter to the police, leading to the brother's arrest.
The girl was taken to Neshuro Hospital for examination and a medical report was produced in court as evidence.