2 pupils to be caned for rap­ing class­mate

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube

TWO Form Three pupils at a school in Hwange have been ar­rested for tak­ing turns to rape a class­mate. The pupils blamed their ac­tions on watch­ing pornog­ra­phy.

A pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer’s re­port said the two boys, both aged 16, were delin­quent and al­ways ab­sconded lessons to indulge in drugs and beer with older men. Both are in the same class with their vic­tim at Chilisa Sec­ondary School in Em­pumalanga sub­urb.

The two boys pleaded guilty to rape when they ap­peared be­fore Hwange re­gional mag­is­trate Mrs Dam­budzo Malunga who sen­tenced each to re­ceive four strokes with a rat­tan cane.

In ad­di­tion, each of the boys was sen­tenced to two years in jail which was wholly sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

The mag­is­trate said she con­sid­ered the pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer’s re­port in com­ing up with a sen­tence.

“The pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer’s re­port states that the ac­cused are trou­ble­some and mis­chievous in school while they’re also dis­re­spect­ful to their par­ents and guardians,” said Mrs Malunga.

One of the boys stays with his grand­mother while the mother is in South Africa and the se­cond one stays with his wid­owed mother.

“The first ac­cused goes home late from school and spends most of his time with older men drink­ing beer and tak­ing drugs. He is al­ways in trou­ble with school author­i­ties while the se­cond ac­cused al­ways ab­sconds school to watch porn,” said the mag­is­trate.

Asked why they com­mit­ted the crime, each blamed their ac­tions on porn.

“I wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence what I al­ways watch on porno­graphic films,” said one boy.

The other said: “I ad­mired what he had done and I also wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence the same.”

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Tawanda Si­gauke nar­rated how the boys way­laid their vic­tim on her way from school and raped her in the bush.

“The com­plainant was walk­ing home from school at mid­day on July 19 when she passed by the two ac­cused who were sit­ting un­der a tree on the side of the foot path,” he said.

Mr Si­gauke said both boys grabbed the girl by the hands and dragged her into the bush.

The boys tripped the girl and took turns to rape the girl be­fore help­ing her to dress up. After the rape, the two boys ac­com­pa­nied the girl home as if noth­ing had hap­pened.

When she ar­rived home she nar­rated her or­deal to her el­der sis­ter who ac­com­pa­nied her to the po­lice sta­tion to file a re­port of rape lead­ing to the ar­rest of the two.

The girl was ex­am­ined at St Pa­trick’s Hospi­tal. — @ncubeleon

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