18 months jail for dat­ing, bed­ding step­daugh­ter (15)

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

AN In­suza man who had a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with his 15-year-old step­daugh­ter has been sen­tenced to 18 months in prison.

A court heard that he was sleep­ing with her in her mother’s bed­room and some­times in the bush when her mother was away.

Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya con­victed Li­mon Ndlovu (36) on his own plea of guilty.

He con­di­tion­ally sus­pended three months for five years, leav­ing Ndlovu with an ef­fec­tive 15 months to serve. Ndlovu told the court that he fell into temp­ta­tion.

“I’m sorry your wor­ship I don’t know what came over me. My old­est daugh­ter is 16 and I shouldn’t have done what I did. As it is my wife is preg­nant with our fourth child but I be­trayed her trust,” he said. Mr Tashaya chided Ndlovu for be­ing a heart­less fa­ther who took ad­van­tage of a mi­nor and vi­o­lated her. “You are a fa­ther of a 16 year old but you bed­ded a child who’s younger than your daugh­ter. Your be­hav­iour is un­be­com­ing of a man your age,” said the mag­is­trate. Prose­cut­ing, Mr Tau­rai Hon­doye­moto told the court that in July this year the teenager was left at home with her sib­lings and Ndlovu while her mother went to cut thatch­ing grass. “Com­plainant went to her mother’s bed­room to switch on a ra­dio and the ac­cused per­son fol­lowed her. “He asked her for sex and she agreed. He laid her on a bed and had sex with her once,” said Mr Hon­doye­moto. “From that day he would ask com­plainant to meet him in the bush or in his mat­ri­mo­nial bed­room when his wife was away. Com­plainant’s mother got wor­ried about her daugh­ter’s close­ness to the fa­ther. “She ques­tioned her daugh­ter who re­vealed the af­fair.” —@ tan­nytkay .

Li­mon Ndlovu

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