Maid jailed for abus­ing em­ployer’s daugh­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

A MAID from Gweru will spend the next 30 days in jail for ill-treat­ing and phys­i­cally abus­ing her em­ployer’s five-year-old daugh­ter when the mi­nor’s mother was away.

Sithule Ny­oni (46) of As­cot sub­urb pleaded not guilty to as­sault and abuse of a child when she ap­peared be­fore Gweru Mag­is­trate Mr Vim­bai Makora. She was, how­ever, con­victed and sen­tenced to one month in jail.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Mrs Makora said ill­treat­ing and phys­i­cally abus­ing chil­dren was a se­ri­ous of­fence that called for a de­ter­rent sen­tence.

“The med­i­cal re­port that was pro­duced by the State in the court proved that you phys­i­cally abused the child. The child had bruises on her but­tocks and face. Also the child narrated in court that your 12-yearold child that you brought home dur­ing your em­ployer’s ab­sence as­saulted her sev­eral times. There­fore a cus­to­dial sen­tence will meet the jus­tice of the case,” said the mag­is­trate.

Ny­oni pleaded with the mag­is­trate not to send her to jail.

“Your Wor­ship, may you ex­er­cise le­niency. If you send me to jail or for com­mu­nity ser­vice l will lose my job. Also, l have a 12-year-old child to take care of,” said Ny­oni.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Bernard Ny­oni said in May this year, Mrs Beauty Gumbo went to South Africa for per­sonal busi­ness, leav­ing her five-year-old cus­tody.

The court heard that Ny­oni used a broom stick to as­sault the child sev­eral times. Ny­oni’s 12-year-old daugh­ter also as­saulted the five year old, the court heard.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the mi­nor fell sick, and Ny­oni failed to send her to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

She also failed to ad­vice the girl’s mother on the ill­ness.

“The mat­ter came to light when Beauty Gumbo came back with­out no­tice and found her child with a swollen head and some scars on her body. She in­ter­ro­gated her and she narrated what had tran­spired dur­ing her ab­sence and the mother re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of the ac­cused,” said the pros­e­cu­tor. daugh­ter in Ny­oni’s

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