Mbare man sentenced to 2 years in jail for selling alcohol to minors


In a case that shocked the nation during the festive season, a 23-year-old man from Mbare suburb in Harare has been sentenced to two years in jail for selling alcohol to a group of minors aged between 5 and 11. Phaeton Mutiyaya appeared before Mbare magistrate Batanai Madzingira, facing charges of selling liquor to minors, operating without a liquor license, and without a shop license.

The prosecution, led by Janet Mlambo, presented compelling evidence to the court, establishing that Mutiyaya was responsible for selling alcohol to the group of minors. Photographs of the children holding bottles of alcohol and some appearing intoxicated sparked public outrage, prompting a swift police investigation.

Following a thorough inquiry, law enforcement authorities managed to track down and apprehend Mutiyaya, who was subsequently charged for his involvement in the incident. The court found him guilty of selling liquor to minors and, in a separate charge, operating without a liquor license.

For the offense of selling alcohol to minors, Mutiyaya received a 12-month prison sentence. Additionally, he was handed another 12-month prison term for operating without a liquor license.

The conviction and sentencing of Phaeton Mutiyaya stand as a notable step in the ongoing efforts to combat underage drinking and promote a safe environment for all Zimbabwean children.

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