A FORM three pupil at Zwangendaba Secondary School in Lupane has been arrested for sodomising a six-year-old neighbour after promising to give him a memory card.
The 17-year-old boy and his victim, a Grade one pupil, both live in Daluka Village in Lupane.
The schoolboy pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault when he appeared before Hwange regional magistrate Dambudzo Malunga.
The teenager who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded for leniency. “May the court have mercy on me. I will never do it again,” he said in mitigation. Malunga sentenced the pupil to a wholly suspended two year jail term.
The schoolboy will also receive four strokes with a rattan cane to be administered by a prison officer. Prosecuting, Tawanda Sigauke said the incident occurred on March 18 at Daluka Village.
“On March 18, the complainant was herding goats with friends at around 4PM when the accused approached them indicating that he was selling a memory card. The complainant’s 11-year-old friend told him that they didn’t have money,” said Sigauke.
The court heard that the teenager then asked the complainant to accompany him if he wanted the memory card.
“The complainant agreed and followed. While they were in the bush the accused grabbed the complainant by both hands and forced him to lie on his stomach. He pulled the boy’s pair of shorts to knee level and mounted and had anal sex with him once,” Sigauke said.
He said the teenager threatened his victim if he revealed to anyone what had happened.
The little boy went back to his friend and narrated the incident.
His friend informed the victim’s father who then reported the matter to the police. chronicle