Man (27) in serious trouble after being caught red-handed with a 14-year-old schoolgirl in his house


27-year-old man arrested for allegedly ƨǝxuɑlly abusing minor in Bulawayo

In a distressing incident, a 27-year-old man from Magwegwe West has been apprehended by the police for allegedly engaging in ƨǝxuɑl abuse and coercive behaviour towards a minor. According to police reports, the accused, identified as Mkhululi, is accused of subjecting a 14-year-old girl to a coercive relationship since January 2024.

Neighbours became concerned when they noticed the girl frequently visiting the man’s house, even during school days. Fearing for the girl’s well-being, they wasted no time in alerting the community and seeking assistance. Wellington Sibanda, a resident who witnessed the events unfold, shared his account of the incident.

“We observed the girl frequently visiting the man’s house during school days, and we became alarmed by the situation. We promptly informed her grandmother, seeking assistance,” said Mr Sibanda.

Upon receiving the information, concerned residents decided to intervene. When they arrived at Mkhululi’s residence, he allegedly attempted to sneak the student out through a window. However, the girl’s grandmother recognized her shoes, and neighbours witnessed her being removed from the house through the window. Realizing the gravity of the situation, they immediately alerted her grandmother and the community, who swiftly pursued and brought her back to safety.

The matter was reported to the police, leading to the subsequent arrest of Mkhululi. Inspector Abednico Ncube, the Bulawayo police spokesperson, confirmed the arrest, stating, “I can confirm that Mkhululi has been arrested for engaging in ƨǝxuɑl intercourse with a minor. In January, the 14-year-old girl visited her boyfriend at his place of residence, where they engaged in protected ƨǝxuɑl activity.”

The incident came to light when the juvenile’s grandmother discovered her presence at the accused’s residence during school hours. The subsequent arrest was made with the intention of ensuring justice for the victim.

Inspector Ncube took the opportunity to issue a stern warning to the public, saying, “We caution against engaging in relationships with minors below the age of 18, as they are still young and may not fully comprehend the implications. Furthermore, we advise parents not to settle such matters out of court, as they may themselves be held accountable as accomplices.”

The case will proceed to court for further legal proceedings.

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