Rattan cane for sodomite teen

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/worldwide - Than­deka Moyo Court Re­porter

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy from Lu­veve sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to re­ceive four strokes with a rattan cane af­ter he was con­victed of sodomis­ing three peers in 2014.

The boy, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, was also sent to a cor­rec­tional in­sti­tu­tion where he will stay.

The pe­riod which he would be at the cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity was not stated in court.

Sen­tenc­ing the teenager, re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Chrispen Mberewere said he was shocked that a boy of his age was ca­pa­ble of com­mit­ting the sick­en­ing crimes.

“The court is shocked by the de­gree of in­hu­man­ity that he sub­jected his three friends to. He de­served six strokes which are the max­i­mum but the court was le­nient and he is to re­ceive four strokes,” said Mr Mberewere.

“Again the court or­ders that he be sent to Kadoma Train­ing In­sti­tute, a cen­tre which ac­com­mo­dates and seeks to re­form like-minded young­sters.”

The boy’s lawyer, Mrs Pa­tience Moyo from Jus­tice for Chil­dren, said the boy lacked parental guid­ance.

The boy lived with his grand­mother while his mother was away in South Africa.

“He is a first of­fender and has pleaded guilty to the crimes. I would like to sub­mit that his age is char­ac­terised by im­ma­tu­rity and there­fore we pray that he be a given a non-cus­to­dial sen­tence,” said Mrs Moyo.

The boy sodomised three friends aged nine, 10 and 13 years af­ter an al­leged ex­po­sure to pornog­ra­phy.

He at one point forced two of the boys to be on guard while he was sodomis­ing the other one in his home.

The boy, who was re­morse­ful, told so­cial work­ers that he was ex­posed to porno­graphic ma­te­rial which gave him ideas to abuse his friends.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Sim­barashe Manyiwa said the boy, a Grade Six Pupil, ap­proached his first vic­tim aged 13 and de­manded shoes he had bor­rowed in 2014.

“When his friend failed to pro­duce them, the boy told him he had to com­ply with all his de­mands since he had lost his shoes. He or­dered the boy to un­dress and when he re­fused, he threat­ened to as­sault him and went on to force him into in­ter­course,” said Mr Manyiwa.

“On another un­known date but dur­ing Septem­ber last year, the same vic­tim knocked off from school and started walk­ing home with the sodomite. He started de­mand­ing his shoes again and when the boy failed to pro­duce them, he dragged him to his home where he sodomised him once.”

The court heard that the Grade Six pupil also pounced on a Grade Three pupil.

“On Septem­ber 8 at around 6PM, the boy was play­ing with his other friends when the sodomite ap­proached him. He in­structed the boy (9) to pull down his trousers and sodomised him,” he said.

“The boy met his last vic­tim in the com­pany of the two vic­tims. He went to him, forced him to un­dress and sodomised him once. The mat­ter fi­nally came out and on Oc­to­ber 9, the three boys were taken for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion” — @thamamoe.

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