Pupil spared jail for im­preg­nat­ing lover (15)

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

A 17-YEAR-OLD Malalume Sec­ondary School Form Four pupil in Bulil­ima Dis­trict has been sen­tenced to a wholly sus­pended six months jail term for im­preg­nat­ing his 15-year-old girl­friend.

The ju­ve­nile who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons al­legedly had sex­ual in­ter­course with his girl­friend in Oc­to­ber last year while she was a Form 1 pupil at the same school.

The girl who is now a mother of a one-month-old baby dropped out of school early this year as a re­sult of the preg­nancy.

“We had sex­ual in­ter­course in a bushy are a while we were on our way from school and I later fell preg­nant. I was in Form 1 at the time and I have there­fore dropped out of school as I now have a child,” said the girl.

The ju­ve­nile who pleaded not guilty to hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with a young per­son was convicted due to over­whelm­ing against him ev­i­dence by Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa.

“It seems you feel no re­morse over what you did as you con­tinue to deny the of­fence de­spite over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence pre­sented against you. You know ex­actly what you did but con­tinue deny­ing it.

“You have com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous of­fence which de­serves a cus­to­dial sen­tence.

“How­ever, I will take into con­sid­er­a­tion that you are a school pupil. From here on, make sure you con­cen­trate on your stud­ies and not mak­ing babies,” said Mr Ru­vetsa.

He sen­tenced the ju­ve­nile to six months in jail which was wholly sus­pended on con­di­tion that he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence within the next five years.

Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said the girl’s par­ents dis­cov­ered that their daugh­ter was preg­nant in March.

“On 21 Septem­ber last year the ju­ve­nile pro­posed love to the 15-year-old girl while they were on their way from school.

“Dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber 2015 the ju­ve­nile had sex­ual in­ter­course with his girl­friend.

“In March this year the girl’s par­ents re­alised that their child was preg­nant and they ques­tioned her un­til she re­vealed that she had been im­preg­nated by her boyfriend,” she said.

Mrs Sibanda said the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice re­sult­ing in the ju­ve­nile’s ar­rest. — @DubeMatutu

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