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Record sentence for serial rapist

Published 22/01/2014 | 14:07

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A court in Zimbabwe has handed a record 290-year sentence to a serial rapist.

A Zimbabwean magistrate has sentenced a man convicted of raping 13 women to a 290-year prison term, the longest in the judicial history of the country.

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State media reported today that magistrate Simon Rogers Kachembwe described Thomas Chirembwe, 30, as "worse than a wild beast" that should be removed from society.

The serial rapist had pleaded guilty in court yesterday but asked the magistrate to be lenient and give him a short jail sentence.

The sentence was received with cheers from the victims while Chirembwe's relatives wept outside the courtroom.

A government minister recently called for convicted rapists to be "chemically castrated" by injecting them with a drug that reduces testosterone and lowers sex drive.

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