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Kereke sent back to jail

by Staff reporter
01 Jun 2024 at 13:36hrs | Views
FORMER Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke is back in prison after the Supreme Court yesterday confirmed his conviction and an effective 10-year jail term for raping a juvenile relative.

Kereke was out on $500  000 bail pending his appeal against both conviction and sentence. He had 20 months to serve when he successfully appealed for bail to prosecute his appeal out of custody in August 2021.

Kereke, a former adviser to ex-Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor, Dr Gideon Gono, was in July 2016 convicted of raping his then 10-year-old relative at gunpoint and jailed for 14 years. Four years of his jail time was suspended on condition of good behaviour. He was also acquitted on another charge of indecently assaulting the rape victim's elder sister.

Yesterday, a three-judge panel of Justice Tendai Uchena, Justice Samuel Kudya and Justice George Chiweshe unanimously agreed to confirm the conviction and sentence imposed on Kereke.

Writing the judgment, Justice Kudya dismissed all the five grounds of appeal by Kereke. The five grounds of appeal against conviction cumulatively assail the propriety of the conviction.

Source - the herald