School hand (60) fon­dles pupil

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/worldwide - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent Moyo or­dered the girl to pick up the coin and she com­plied. He then started fondling the ju­ve­nile’s breasts and told her that she shouldn’t al­low any­one to touch her breasts as they now be­longed to him”

A 60-YEAR-OLD gen­eral hand at Alan Red­fern Pri­mary School in Plumtree has been sen­tenced to 280 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice for fondling a Grade Five pupil’s breasts at the school.

Fanti Moyo pleaded not guilty to in­de­cent as­sault charges but was con­victed due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence against him by Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Joshua Mawere.

He was sen­tenced to 12 months im­pris­on­ment and four months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that he does not within that pe­riod com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence. The re­main­ing months were fur­ther sus­pended on con­di­tion that he per­forms 280 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at Bezu Clinic.

Moyo fon­dled the 10-year-old girl who can­not be named for eth­i­cal rea­sons while she was buy­ing a freezit at his home which is lo­cated within the school premises.

In his de­fence, Moyo said the ju­ve­nile came to his house and re­quested to be given a freezit on credit but he turned her away.

“The pupil came to my house dur­ing lunch time where she found me with my chil­dren. She asked to be given a freezit on credit but I told her that my wife wasn’t around as she is the one who nor­mally gives out freez­its to pupils on credit.

“I told her to go back to school and she went away with­out me touch­ing her in any way,” he said.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said Moyo fon­dled the breasts of a 10-year-old pupil on Fe­bru­ary 14 at around 2PM. He told her that her breasts now be­longed to him. “On 14 Fe­bru­ary around 2PM the ju­ve­nile went alone to Moyo’s house dur­ing lunchtime to buy a freezit. She gave him a 10 cents bond coin and it dropped on the floor while in Moyo’s hands.

“Moyo or­dered the girl to pick up the coin and she com­plied. He then started fondling the ju­ve­nile’s breasts and told her that she shouldn’t al­low any­one to touch her breasts as they now be­longed to him,” she said.

Mrs Sibanda said Moyo tried to force the ju­ve­nile to en­ter his house but she re­fused.

She said the girl went back to class and nar­rated to her friend what had tran­spired. When she ar­rived home, she re­ported the mat­ter to her par­ents who in turn re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice re­sult­ing in Moyo’s ar­rest.

Moyo was be­ing rep­re­sented by Mr Prince But­she of Mathonsi Ncube Law Cham­bers.—@DubeMatutu.

Two men cling to the back of a truck cross­ing a nar­row bridge near Guyu in Mata­bele­land South Province. They run the risk of los­ing grip and fall­ing off the ve­hi­cle. — (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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