Teenager sues for breach of prom­ise to marry

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A HEART-BRO­KEN teenager from Bu­l­awayo has ap­proached the courts su­ing her “mar­ried” ex-lover for $8 000 for al­legedly break­ing her vir­gin­ity and later ditch­ing her af­ter hav­ing pre­vi­ously promised to marry her.

Nataly Madziwa (19), who was an Up­per Six pupil at Pu­mula High School when she was al­legedly “de­flow­ered” by Joel Moyo (32), ac­cused him of se­duc­ing her into hav­ing sex af­ter promis­ing to marry her.

Madziwa and Moyo fell in love in 2015 and the teenager said she was show­ered with gifts and money be­fore the sex­ual act.

Ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers filed at the Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate’s court this week, Madziwa cited Moyo as the de­fen­dant in the mat­ter.

Madziwa through her lawyers, Dube-Ta­chiona and Ts­van­gi­rai Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers, said she felt em­bar­rassed and hu­mil­i­ated af­ter Moyo al­legedly broke her vir­gin­ity and im­preg­nated her be­fore breach­ing the prom­ise to marry her.

“Some­time in 2015 while I was doing Up­per Six at Pu­mula High School, the de­fen­dant (Moyo) pro­posed love to me and I ac­cepted. On April 19, 2015, Moyo came to my home and picked me up. He then per­suaded me to have sex with him,” said Madziwa.

She said Moyo broke her vir­gin­ity af­ter he al­legedly lied that he was a bach­e­lor.

“I was never mar­ried be­fore and af­ter de­flow­er­ing and im­preg­nat­ing me, Moyo has taken away my pride as a woman and left me em­bar­rassed and hu­mil­i­ated be­fore my par­ents, peers and the com­mu­nity,” said Madziwa.

She said her ex-lover has through his ac­tions re­duced her prospects of hav­ing a “nor­mal” fu­ture mar­riage.

“I lost my vir­gin­ity and also my chances of ever get­ting mar­ried have di­min­ished be­cause I am no longer a vir­gin and again I have a child with the de­fen­dant,” Madziwa said.

She said de­spite breach­ing the agree­ment, Moyo has not shown any re­morse for his ac­tions.

Madziwa, whose child is now 10 months old, is claim­ing $8 000 from Moyo in se­duc­tion damages.

“Where­fore plain­tiff prays for pay­ment of $8 000 in se­duc­tion damages and breach of prom­ise to marry her and the cost of suit on a higher scale,” said her lawyers.

Moyo, in his de­fence, said Madziwa was not a vir­gin when they en­gaged in sex. He also queried the pa­ter­nity of the child and ques­tioned the ra­tio­nale be­hind Madziwa’s de­lay to in­form him of the preg­nancy.

“I re­ally doubt the pa­ter­nity of the child be­cause Madziwa took eight months to in­form me of her preg­nancy. I was never mar­ried but I was ac­tu­ally stay­ing with an­other woman with whom I have a sixyear –old child,” he said.

Mag­is­trate Mr She­unesu Ma­tova, who presided over the mat­ter, is ex­pected to de­liver judg­ment on De­cem­ber 15. @mash­nets

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