A Zimbabwean man, 25, has reportedly been sentenced to 16 years in jail for raping his 12-year-old niece and infecting her with HIV.
According to NewsDay, the convicted rapist also indecently assaulted the girl's younger sister aged 9.
The man, who could not be named in order to protect the identity of the children, was slapped with an 18-year jail time on the rape charge.
Three years were suspended for a period of four years on condition of good behaviour.
He was, however, found guilty of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to 12 months.
The court prosecutor Bheki Tshabalala said that the convict committed the crimes sometime in January last year, according to a New Zimbabwe.com report.
Tshabalala said that the 12-year-old niece was cleaning her mother's bedroom hut when the convict forced himself on her.
|Zimbabwe: Man, 25, Rapes, Infects 12 Year-Old Niece With HIV|
It emerged that the girl who was raped developed rash and sores on her private parts, prompting her grandmother to rush her to a nearby clinic where she was tested HIV positive.
Source: News 24