Crime & Courts

20-year-old Man Convicted For Rɑp!ng A Goat

IT is quite common knowledge that when you rɑpǝ a human being and you are convicted of the crime, you are likely to spend a number of years behind bars.

But does the law apply in the same manner to animal rɑp!sts?  Well, although animal cruelty is a chargeable offence, a 20-year-old man from Godlwayo Village 3 in Esigodini District, Matabeleland South province was lucky to escape a prison term after he was convicted for rɑp!ng a goat which reportedly died during the act, apparently of exhaustion.

The goat rɑp!st Mthandazo Ndlovu appeared before Esigodini resident magistrate Nomagugu Sibanda charged with two counts of best!al!ty as defined in Section 74 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

He pleaded guilty to both counts and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment of which six months were suspended for three years on condition he is not convicted of any offence of which best!al!ty is an element committed within that period, for which upon conviction he is sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine.The remaining 12 months were suspended on condition that Ndlovu completes 420 hours of community service at Godlwayo Primary School.

The court proved that Ndlovu performed an act that would make “any right-thinking member of society sick to their stomach,” when he rɑpǝd Brighton Nkomo’s goat to death before he was also caught red-handed r0mping with Luckson Mkandla’s goat.

Both Nkomo and Mkandla are from Ntabende Village in Esigodini.  Circumstances are that on 28 October 2022 and at around 10pm Ndlovu who was employed at Phat-Ore Mine, went to Nkomo’s homestead and upon arrival he entered his goat pen.  While inside the goat pen, he had ƨǝx with one of his female goats. It is reported that the goat died during the act.

It is reported that the following morning Nkomo went to the goat pen and found one of his female goats lying unconscious and upon checking it, he found it dead with some sǝmǝn on its rear.  Nkomo reportedly tracked a trail of footprints from the goat pen and they led him to Ndlovu’s home.

It is reported that on 31 October 2022 and at around 3am, Ndlovu who was apparently on a ƨǝx spree with goats, went to Mkandla’s homestead and upon arrival he got into his goat pen.  While inside the pen, he took off all his clothes and grabbed one of the female goats and forced it to lie on its back and rɑpǝd it.

Apparently out of pain, the goat bleated continuously and that prompted Mkandla to wake up and go to the pen to see what was happening.

Mkandla reportedly stealthily moved to the goat pen and upon arrival he flashed his torch and was sh0cked when he saw Ndlovu busy like a rabbit having ƨǝx with one of his female goats.

In a swank of shame, Ndlovu fled nɑʞǝd leaving behind his clothes in the goat pen.  By that time Mkandla who had already recognised Ndlovu went and reported the matter to the police leading to his arrest.  His clothes which he left in Mkandla’s goat pen were used in court as an exhibit.

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