Girl (14) found with porn at school

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Andile Tshuma

PO­LICE in Bu­l­awayo were called in when a 14-year-old Sikhulile High School pupil was busted by the school’s se­cu­rity guard shar­ing porno­graphic videos with friends on a phone.

Af­ter ques­tion­ing, the girl whose name has been with­held for eth­i­cal rea­sons, re­vealed that the phone be­longed to her sis­ter’s boyfriend, a court heard.

She said she had bor­rowed it to go and take pic­tures and show off to her friends.

The pupil’s con­fes­sion led to the ar­rest of Ntan­doyenkosi Prayer Mathe (23), the owner of the phone.

Mathe, who re­sides in Old Mag­wegwe ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu and was charged with pos­sess­ing cen­sored con­tent.

He was found guilty and sen­tenced to six months in prison.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Tony Ka­mud­yariwa said: “On July 26 this year, at around 6PM in Mag­wegwe sub­urb, the young girl ap­proached the ac­cused and bor­rowed the phone to go and take pic­tures at school.”

“Mathe gave his Vo­da­phone tablet to the mi­nor know­ing that it con­tained porno­graphic pic­tures and videos but did not bother to put a se­cu­rity code on the files.”

Sen­tenc­ing Mathe, Mag­is­trate Ndhlovu blasted him for be­ing care­less.

“You have ex­posed 14-year-olds to pornog­ra­phy, what will they learn from that? Now these chil­dren are go­ing to ex­per­i­ment be­cause by na­ture chil­dren tend to copy what they see and you have ex­posed them to it. You are pro­mot­ing moral deca­dence.

“I will give you a cus­to­dial sen­tence. You will serve an ef­fec­tive six months in prison,” he said. — @andile_t­shuma

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