Teen gets $2 000 over lost vir­gin­ity

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Crime & Courts - Than­deka Moyo Bu­l­awayo Bureau

A TEENAGER from Bu­l­awayo who sued her mar­ried ex-lover for de­flow­er­ing and ditch­ing her af­ter promis­ing to marry her has been awarded $2 000 in damages.

Nataly Madziwa (19) sued Joel Moyo (32) ac­cus­ing him of se­duc­ing her into hav­ing sex af­ter promis­ing to marry her dur­ing their re­la­tion­ship while she was an Up­per Six pupil at Pu­mula High School in 2015.

In her law­suit, she de­manded $8 000 in se­duc­tion damages, say­ing her chances of get­ting mar­ried were di­min­ished af­ter she lost her vir­gin­ity.

Madziwa said she only dis­cov­ered that Moyo was mar­ried when she fell preg­nant.

In his rul­ing, Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr She­unesu Ma­tova or­dered Moyo to pay $2 000 for the lost vir­gin­ity.

Madziwa’s lawyer Mr Bruce Masamvu told our Bu­l­awayo Bureau that the rul­ing was de­liv­ered on Tues­day.

“Mag­is­trate Ma­tova de­liv­ered his rul­ing yes­ter­day and or­dered Moyo to pay my client $2 000 for lost vir­gin­ity. He did agree to most of our clos­ing sub­mis­sions and we are ex­pect­ing Moyo to pay us as soon as pos­si­ble. So far he hasn’t com­mu­ni­cated any­thing,” said Mr Masamvu.

“We are sim­ply go­ing to is­sue him with a war­rant of ex­e­cu­tion, a form of writ of ex­e­cu­tion used as a method of en­forc­ing judg­ments.”

The lawyer em­pha­sised that ac­cord­ing to the law, a plain­tiff who has been se­duced may re­cover com­pen­sa­tion for the loss of her vir­gin­ity and con­se­quent im­pair­ment of her mar­riage prospects.

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

She 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.

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 six-year-old child,” he said.

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