A 23-YEAR-OLD Mufakose man has been sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment after he bedded and impregnated a 15-year-old girl.
Claudia Huchu will, however, serve an effective eight months in jail after four months were suspended for five years on condition he does not commit a similar offence.
Huchu had pleaded not guilty to the charge when he first appeared before Mbare resident magistrate Anita Tshuma.
The court heard that at the time of the trial, Huchu and the girl had ended their love affair after the girl told him she was pregnant.
The State argued that when the two were still in love, they had sexual intercourse more than once with the girl’s consent.
Huchu, however, denied ever having sex with the girl, claiming the complainant had visited him when she was menstruating.
The minor girl’s medical report and the baby’s birth certificate were produced as evidence in court.
Tafara Chirambira appeared for the State.