Zvishavane Resident Magistrate Story Rushambwa last week convicted and sentenced two teenagers for being involved in a sexual relationship within a prohibited degree of relationship thereby giving birth to a child together.
The two were arrested for contravening C/S 75 (2) (d) of Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23 (sexual Intercourse within a prohibited degree of relationship).

It is the State case that sometime in March last year, Knowledge Mavhika (19) proposed love to his sister ...... Mavhika (first name withheld because she is 16) of Village Jonera, Chief Mataruse, Mberengwa and she accepted.

The two became involved in a relationship and they had a sexual intercourse that same month at Simbisai's place on several occasions.

In April 2014 the juvenile got pregnant and her grandmother Rumbidzai Ganyani demanded to know the father and was shocked to realise that it was Knowledge who was responsible.

The matter was reported to Buchwa Police Station where the juvenile was taken to a hospital for medical examination. The two were arrested.

Knowledge was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment of which six months were suspended for five years on condition he does not commit a similar offence. The other six months were suspended on condition that he performs 210 hours of community service.

The juvenile was sentenced to five months imprisonment and the whole part was suspended for three years on condition she does not commit a similar offence.


0 # Julia 2015-03-10 14:58
New-born saved by neighbour and cop
By Sapa | Mar 10, 2015 |
A neighbour and a policeman in southern Zimbabwe saved a new-born baby girl from almost certain death, it was reported on Tuesday.

Mercy Nyoni, 19, gave birth to the child last Thursday in secret, placed her in a plastic bag and closed it inside another bag, according to a report in the Chronicle newspaper
.After burying the bag under a pile of clothes, Nyoni ventured outside the house she was staying in, in a suburb of Bulawayo.
A neighbour saw Nyoni and noticed she did not have "the usual bulge in her tummy".
She alerted a policeman, who quizzed the young mother. Nyoni at first said she'd had a miscarriage.
However when the officer started walking round the house the baby began to cry and was rescued.
Nyoni was arrested and taken to hospital with her child, according to the report.
Police believed the baby was inside the bag for three hours.
Nyoni went on trial in Bulawayo on Monday on a charge of exposing an infant to danger, said the newspaper.
The young mother said she had hidden the fact she was pregnant from her sister and brother-in-law because she was scared.
The infant was reportedly doing well.

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