Four strokes for bed­ding mi­nor

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Harare Metropolitan News -

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy from Mu­rape Vil­lage, Seke, will re­ceive four strokes of the cane for bed­ding and im­preg­nat­ing a mi­nor.

The teenager, who was fac­ing charges of hav­ing sexual in­ter­course with a young per­son, pleaded not guilty when he ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Mr Oliver Mud­zon­gachiso but was con­victed af­ter a full trial.

Mr Mud­zon­gachiso or­dered the teenager to re­ceive four strokes of the cane that would be ad­min­is­tered by a prison of­fi­cer and was warned to de­sist from such be­hav­iour.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Ed­mond Ndambakuwa proved that some­time in Novem­ber last year, the girl who is aged 15 fell in love with the boy and the two had con­sen­sual sexual in­ter­course in a bush.

How­ever, the court heard that the two separated after­wards and ru­mours of her preg­nancy started spread­ing at school in Jan­uary this year.

She was then in­ter­ro­gated by the se­nior teacher at her school but de­nied the ru­mours.

The teacher ad­vised her par­ents to take her to hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and it was dis­cov­ered that she was pregnant.

She re­vealed what had hap­pened and the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice lead­ing to the boy’s ar­rest. — Her­ald Reporter.

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