Im­preg­nat­ing mi­nor lands teen in trou­ble

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma Court Re­porter

A BULAWAYO teenager has been ar­rested after he al­legedly im­preg­nated an un­der­age girl.

Tal­ent Maphosa (19) of Cow­dray Park sub­urb ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu charged with hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with a mi­nor. He pleaded guilty and was re­manded out of cus­tody to to­mor­row for con­tin­u­a­tion of trial.

Maphosa told the mag­is­trate that he did not know that the girl was a mi­nor as she al­legedly lied about her age to him.

“Your wor­ship, I did not know that she was an un­der­age girl. She told me that she was 17 years old and was born in 1999,” said Moyo.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Ken­neth Shava said Maphosa had been in a re­la­tion­ship with the 15 year old girl, whose name has been with­held for eth­i­cal rea­sons but is from the same sub­urb.

Maphosa al­legedly started hav­ing an af­fair with the mi­nor some­time in Fe­bru­ary.

“On a date un­known to the pros­e­cu­tor but be­tween Fe­bru­ary and April 2016, the ac­cused per­son in­vited the com­plainant to his house on sev­eral oc­ca­sions,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

The court heard that dur­ing the vis­its, Maphosa and the ju­ve­nile had con­sen­sual sex­ual in­ter­course.

It is al­leged that the matter came to light when the girl’s grand­mother no­ticed that the mi­nor was preg­nant and then de­manded to know who the fa­ther of the baby was.

Pros­e­cu­tor Shava said: “The com­plainant dis­cov­ered that she was preg­nant and was dis­cov­ered by her guardian who de­manded to know who was re­spon­si­ble. This is when she re­vealed that she had been in a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with the ac­cused per­son.”

The com­plainant was re­ferred to Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal for a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion, which con­firmed that she was preg­nant. — @andile_t­shuma.

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