A 26-year-old Charlotte man was convicted Thursday by a Mecklenburg County jury of raping a 15-year-old girl in 2014 and will spend at least 50 years in prison.
Clairy Kanyinda Mbaya was charged with statutory rape, statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a child after he broke into the victim’s family home and raped her, District Attorney Andrew Murray said in a release.
Superior Court Judge Lisa Bell sentenced Mbaya to a minimum of 600 months in prison. After his release, he’ll be required to register as a sex offender and be monitored for the rest of his life.
The victim was home alone in February 2014 when Mbaya entered the house dressed in black clothing and a mask. He raped the victim and fled, according to the release. When a family member arrived, the girl reported the assault and was taken to a hospital, where a nurse collected DNA evidence.
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That evidence matched Mbaya. GPS records, provided by a company that Mbaya worked for as a limousine driver, showed that he was at the scene of the rape. When detectives tried to question Mbaya, he fled the state and changed his appearance, the release said.
Murray said the victim’s testimony during the three-day trial was crucial to the conviction.