Pa­ter­nity test saves tout ac­cused of im­preg­nat­ing mi­nor

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A PLUMTREE tout who was ac­cused of im­preg­nat­ing a Grade 7 pupil has es­caped main­te­nance after a pa­ter­nity test re­sults proved that he is not the fa­ther of the baby.

David Rwatiringa (35) yes­ter­day pre­sented pa­ter­nity test re­sults from the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Ap­plied Ge­netic Test­ing Cen­tre which stated that he was not the bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther of a nine-month-old baby.

Rwatiringa was dragged to court by his 14-year-old ex­girl­friend de­mand­ing money for the up­keep of a baby that she said was his.

The main­te­nance claim came about a year after Rwatiringa was sen­tenced to per­form com­mu­nity ser­vice at the Plumtree mag­is­trate’s court after he pleaded guilty to hav­ing sex with a mi­nor.

The 14-year-old claimed that Rwatiringa im­preg­nated her last year when she was in Grade 7 forc­ing her to drop out of school. Re­cently, the man was or­dered to pay $30 in main­te­nance pend­ing the pa­ter­nity re­sults after he had said he was not the fa­ther of the ju­ve­nile’s child.

Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa dis­missed the main­te­nance ap­pli­ca­tion yes­ter­day and or­dered the girl’s mother to pay back Rwatiringa the costs he in­curred in con­duct­ing the pa­ter­nity tests and money he paid to­wards the baby’s up­keep.

Rwatiringa said he had paid $90 to­wards main­tain­ing the child ever since the or­der was is­sued three months ago.

He said he had also used about $300 to un­dergo the pa­ter­nity test.

Rwatiringa said it was clear that the girl does not know who the fa­ther of her child was.

“I have met her sev­eral times with dif­fer­ent men at lo­cal night clubs Your Wor­ship even dur­ing the time she was at school,’’ he said.

The girl’s mother, how­ever queried the pa­ter­nity re­sults which were pro­duced by Rwatiringa and the court ad­vised her to make a for­mal ap­peal.

She main­tained that Rwatiringa was the fa­ther of her grand­child. Ini­tially, the girl was de­mand­ing $100 in main­te­nance. The teenager claimed that Rwatiringa ini­tially ad­mit­ted re­spon­si­bil­ity of the preg­nancy in the pres­ence of her par­ents but later de­serted her after the child was born in a bid to evade pay­ing main­te­nance.

She al­leged that they started hav­ing un­pro­tected sex when she was in Grade 6.

Rwatiringa ad­mit­ted to hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with the teenager but al­leged that she was also sleep­ing around dur­ing their re­la­tion­ship.— @DubeMatutu.

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