Take away food sells out pae­dophile

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A 24 YEAR-OLD me­chanic who was al­legedly hav­ing sex with a 13-year-old En­tum­bane High School pupil, was sold out by take away food that he bought for her.

The court heard on Mon­day that the il­le­gal af­fair came to light when the mi­nor’s mother saw a box of take away food which the com­plainant had brought home. She al­legedly wrung a con­fes­sion from her daugh­ter. Sife­luthando Khu­malo of Bulawayo’s En­tum­bane sub­urb ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu, fac­ing charges of hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with a mi­nor, whose name has been with­held for eth­i­cal rea­sons.

The sus­pect, whose name means dy­ing for love, pleaded guilty and the mag­is­trate re­manded him in cus­tody to Fri­day.

In de­fence, Khu­malo claimed his lover lied to him about her age.

Khu­malo said: “She told me that she was 16 years old. I didn’t know that she is only 13.

When mag­is­trate Ndhlovu asked why he had slept with the ju­ve­nile, Khu­malo said he viewed her as his fu­ture wife.

“I slept with her be­cause I love her and I want to marry her. I was plan­ning to wait for her to fin­ish school be­fore ask­ing her to marry me,” said Khu­malo, who is a fa­ther of two and re­cently sep­a­rated with the mother of his chil­dren

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Sibekithemba Dube told the court that Khu­malo and the com­plainant have been lovers since June.

“On July 21 at around 7PM, Khu­malo vis­ited the com­plainant as usual. He then asked her to get into his car be­fore driv­ing off to Hlalo Shop­ping Cen­tre.

‘‘The ac­cused per­son parked the car be­hind Hlalo Shops and had sex­ual in­ter­course with com­plainant, with her con­sent, be­fore driv­ing her back to her home,” said Ms Dube.

Ms Dube said that Khu­malo and the com­plainant en­gaged in sex­ual in­ter­course for the sec­ond time on July 31, at around 7PM at the same scene, with the com­plainant’s con­sent.

She said when her mother saw the food box, she was livid.

“Upon be­ing in­ter­ro­gated, the com­plainant dis­closed she was in love with the ac­cused,” said Ms Dube.

A po­lice re­port was made at En­tum­bane Po­lice Sta­tion af­ter the ju­ve­nile’s con­fes­sion, lead­ing to Khu­malo’s ar­rest. — @andile_t­shuma

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