The serial rapist who on Tuesday begged the court to hang him for his heinous acts, has been sentenced to an effective 72 years in jail, Zimbabwe.
According to Herald, regional magistrate Mrs Dambudzo Malunga had sentenced Charles Magombedze to 78 years in prison, but conditionally suspended six years.
Magombedze was convicted on eight counts of rape on his own plea of guilty. He shocked the court when he requested the hangman’s noose, saying he was unable to exorcise the evil spirit that led him into committing the crimes if left alive.
Malunga said Magombedze deserved severe punishment as he behaved like a beast when he raped the victims by using dangerous weapons like iron bars, axes and machetes when he committed the offences.
Magombedze raped a woman before abusing a pupil at Chibaya High School in June last year. In the same month, he raped another woman who was doing laundry along Tugwi River in Chivi.
In October the same year, the convict raped another woman who was going to church. He also raped a police constabulary’s wife, then raped a 14- year-old girl, who was herding cattle in January this year.
He raped another woman after waylaying her at Charumbira Farm. In the same month, Magombedze raped a child he found sleeping in a hut at Jeka Village. He raped another woman after threatening her near Stephen business centre.
He also abused a woman in a garden at Rukanda Farm in the same month after hitting her with a brick. Magombedze raped another woman whom he found in a garden along Tugwi River.
The serial rapist also handcuffed and raped another woman at Shokoni Business Centre in Chivi. He raped another one at Razi Business Centre in the same district while she was coming from hospital.
Magombedze also faces attempted murder charges after stabbing a woman five times whom she failed to rape after she managed to flee.
On his initial appearance in court on Tuesday, Magombedze said he was a member of a Satanic cult whose goal was to spill blood and to have unprotected sex to breed another Satanic generation.