Boy (15) to be canned for rap­ing niece (3)

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Correspondent

A 15-YEAR-OLD ju­ve­nile from Gutu in Masvingo will re­ceive three strokes after be­ing found guilty of rap­ing his three­year-old niece left in his cus­tody.

The ju­ve­nile, a Grade Seven pupil at a school un­der Chief Gutu took the tod­dler into the kitchen and raped her once. Ap­pear­ing be­fore Masvingo re­gional mag­is­trate Mrs Dam­budzo Malunga on Tues­day, the ju­ve­nile pleaded not guilty to rap­ing his niece.

Mrs Malunga how­ever, con­victed the ju­ve­nile due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence and sen­tenced him to re­ceive three strokes to be ad­min­is­tered by a se­nior prison of­fi­cer. She also sen­tenced him to two years in jail wholly sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour. De­liv­er­ing sen­tence, Mrs Malunga said the ju­ve­nile demon­strated high de­gree of ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity by rap­ing a mi­nor de­spite her be­ing his niece.

“You acted in an ir­re­spon­si­ble man­ner by teach­ing a tod­dler on how to en­gage in sex. The court could have slapped you with a lengthy cus­to­dial sen­tence but be­cause of your age, a jail term can ruin your fu­ture,” said Mrs Malunga.

“You are found guilty of a case of rape and you will re­ceive three strokes. The can­ning will be ad­min­is­tered by a se­nior prison of­fi­cer. Of­fi­cials from the de­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare will then take you for coun­selling be­fore you go back to school,” she said.

For the State, Mr Lib­erty Hove said on 12 Au­gust at around 11am, the boy took ad­van­tage of the ab­sence of the tod­dler’s mother and dragged her by the hand into the kitchen.

“While in the kitchen the boy laid the tod­dler on the blan­ket and raped her,” said Mr Hove.

The court heard that the mat­ter came to light when the girl told her mother about what had hap­pened.

The mother then made a for­mal po­lice report lead­ing to the ju­ve­nile’s ar­rest. The ju­ve­nile and his vic­tim were med­i­cally ex­am­ined and the med­i­cal re­ports were pre­sented in court as ex­hibit.

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