Zimbabwean Care Worker Sentenced 15 Years For Raping Disabled Woman in the UK

A carer who raped a severely disabled woman in his care and got her pregnant has been given a 15-year extended prison sentence.

By Stephanie Finnegan Leedslive

Edson Munyikwa’s victim had to undergo a surgical abortion after it was discovered that she had missed a period.

A judge at Leeds Crown Court described the case as ‘probably the worst of its type’ that he has seen during his career.

Munyikwa, 55, was supposed to be providing respite care for the woman, who is unable to communicate verbally and has the mental age of a toddler, when he raped her.

The court was told she suffers from a range of serious disabilities, including brain damage, epilepsy and autism.

Prosecutor Deborah Smithies told the court that the victim did not have the capacity to consent to sex.

The offending came to light she missed her period and the number of epileptic fits she was suffering from increased.

Blood samples were taken and showed that she was three months pregnant.

She had to undergo an operation to have the pregnancy terminated.

Miss Smithies said a police investigation was launched to trace all men who had been in contact with her.

The court heard the woman’s father was also placed under suspicion. He volunteered to give a DNA sample so he could be eliminated as a suspect.

Munyikwa gave a DNA sample after he was identified as being in contact with the woman. The defendant’s work colleagues were also placed under suspicion.

Munyikwa was arrested at his home after he was identified as being the biological father. He was interviewed and denied having sex with the woman.

The prosecutor said: “When asked how he could be linked specifically to the product of conception, he said that he did not know.”

In a statement, her family said:

She was targeted because of her vulnerability and her inability to communicate.

“We find it increasingly difficult to come to terms with the fact that another professional body has caused indescribable distress to a vulnerable young woman.”


He has no previous convictions in the UK.

A probation officer who interviewed Munyikwa described in a report how the defendant ‘lacked a heartfelt expression of remorse’ for what he had done.

Marcus Waite, mitigating, said: “What the defendant has said to me today is that he is sorry, not only to the victim, but to her family, having sat through those lengthy victim impact statements.”

Munyikwa was told he must serve a custodial term of 12 years followed by an extended three-year period on licence.

Sentencing, Judge Mushtaq Khokhar said: “This is not an ordinary case.

“This is probably the worst case of its type I have come across.

“One finds it difficult to understand why someone like you would, out of the blue, go and commit an offence of this type – there is no explanation other what you told the probation officer.

“That has not been delved into in detail to find out what is behind it.”

The judge told Munyikwa he had undermined the public’s confidence in his profession and had placed others under suspicion.

He said: “She would not have appreciated at the time what was happening to her and you were in the secure knowledge of her not being able to communicate what you had done with her to anybody else.

“There could be no greater torment for a father than to be accused of having sex with his own child.

“He had to live away from he until he was eliminated from the enquiry. Similarly, those who work with you at your workplace were subjected to suspicion. They had to be suspended, just like you, until the enquiries were completed.

“Other people knew the reason behind the suspicion and that would have caused them a great deal of embarrassment and torment in front of their families and friends.”

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