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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.

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