Serial rapist blames demonic spirits

A serial rapist and robber, Blessing Tsikai (30), who said he was attacked by demonic spirits when he committed rape and armed robberies, got 42 years and six months sentence last week.

He was convicted of four counts of rape, four armed robberies and one count of causing malicious damage to property by magistrate Mavis Kudumba.

“Since you did not waste the court’s time by unnecessarily denying crimes you committed, it showed that you regretted the wrong you did. I have also considered your mitigation and took into account your youthful age. In this respect, I would pass a lighter sentence,” said Kudumba last Thursday.

The magistrate said the crimes committed by Tsikai, who had been on the run and arrested in Mozambique, involved violence and use of dangerous weapons. At one point he tied up a 75 year old man with a string before robbing him of his property.

Kudumba said the rape cases he committed against defenceless women, violently deprived them of their dignity and left them traumatised.

He said although Tsikai had tested HIV negative, his offences were still regarded serious.

Tsikai committed the crimes barely two weeks after being released from jail for a robbery crime last November.

Tsikai, who was heavily guarded, pleaded for leniency, saying he had committed the crimes under a spell of demonic spirits’. His case attracted interest in the town, with business almost grinding to a halt due to congested traffic as people jostled to get into Court 4 where the matter was heard.

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