Preg­nant girl begs to wed rapist brother

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Re­porter

OF­FI­CIALS at the Bu­l­awayo Re­gional court were left in shock re­cently after a preg­nant 12 year-old from Plumtree con­fi­dently de­fended her brother, who im­preg­nated her, say­ing she did not want him jailed.

The court of­fi­cials learnt that the pair had been en­gag­ing in an in­ces­tual re­la­tion­ship since De­cem­ber 2015. The mi­nor’s brother (18) had been ar­rested for seven counts of rape.

His younger sis­ter, who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons, al­legedly be­came sex­u­ally ac­tive when she was 10 years old.

She at­tracted the at­ten­tion of a Chron­i­cle news crew on Thurs­day last week as she boldly told of­fi­cials at the set-down of­fice that she was pre­pared to look after the baby with her brother.

“I am pre­pared to have this child. I love my boyfriend, we have dis­cussed this and we agreed that we are go­ing to look after our child. If you peo­ple send him to jail who is go­ing to fend for my child?” she asked.

The girl’s el­der sis­ter wailed as she nar­rated to the court of­fi­cials that she was hav­ing dis­ci­plinary prob­lems with the vic­tim.

“We don’t know what to do with her any­more. She started be­ing wild at the age of 10. Some­times she would sleep at bars and par­ties. My sis­ter needs help please help her,” pleaded the older sis­ter.

The preg­nant girl was re­ferred to vic­tim friendly unit for coun­selling.

Ac­cord­ing to the State papers, on the first count of rape the ac­cused met the vic­tim on her way from gath­er­ing fire­wood.

“Ac­cused tripped com­plainant and he raped her once. Com­plainant told her mother about the in­ci­dent. On the sec­ond oc­ca­sion com­plainant met ac­cused on her way from fetch­ing wa­ter.”

“Ac­cused took away her bucket so that they could have sex but she ran away. Ac­cused later went to com­plainant’s house and lured her to his home­stead claim­ing that he wanted to give her money. They had sex four times dur­ing the night and ac­cused ac­com­pa­nied com­plainant back home at dawn,” read the papers.

On another oc­ca­sion, the papers fur­ther read, ac­cused gave the vic­tim R5 be­fore he took her to his home­stead overnight.

“On another oc­ca­sion, ac­cused gave com­plainant P100 after hav­ing sex with her. They later met at a party where they had sex­ual in­ter­course again be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the com­plainant’s house for the rest of the night.”

The papers read that com­plainant’s mother no­ticed changes in her daugh­ter and she took her to Plumtree Dis­trict Hospi­tal where her preg­nancy was con­firmed. - @tan­nytkay

The pic­ture taken re­cently along St Paul Road in Lu­pane shows a bus driver re­fus­ing to give way to on­com­ing traf­fic on a strip road. Bus and truck driv­ers who are not cour­te­ous cause prob­lems for smaller ve­hi­cles whose driv­ers will have to pull off the road com­pletely thereby risk­ing loss of con­trol or punc­tured tyres. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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