Baby dumper found in bar

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sylvester Chi­ramba Court Reporter

A 21-YEAR-OLD woman from Bu­l­awayo has been sen­tenced to an ef­fec­tive 30 months in prison for dump­ing her five-month-old baby out­side her brother’s house be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing for four days, only to be ap­pre­hended in a bar.

Vanessa Thabisile, who is of no fixed abode, dumped her in­fant daugh­ter out­side her brother, Tar­ven Ncube’s house in Nku­lumane sub­urb dur­ing the night on Wed­nes­day last week.

Thabisile dis­ap­peared and was ap­pre­hended at Sathe­lene Sports Bar in Nketa sub­urb four days later.

She pleaded guilty to ne­glect­ing a child when she ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube.

Thabisile she told the court that she dumped the child out of des­per­a­tion.

“My child fell sick and I did not know what to do with her,” she said.

Ms Dube con­victed her on her own plea of guilty and sen­tenced her to 36 months in prison.

“Six months will be sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion that the ac­cused per­son does not com­mit any of­fense in­clud­ing ne­glect­ing or abus­ing a child.” said Ms Dube

Thabisile will serve an ef­fec­tive 30 months in prison.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Pet­ros Shoko told the court that on Wed­nes­day last week, Thabisile took her five-month old daugh­ter to her brother’s house in Nku­lumane sub­urb at around 7 PM.

“She dumped the child out­side the house and went away,” said Mr Shoko.

“On Sun­day at around 9 PM, Thabisile was lo­cated at Sathe­lene Sports Bar in Nketa 6 by El­der Dube and Sikhulile Ncube who ap­pre­hended her and took her to the po­lice.”—@SlyCee10

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