Man jailed for sex with minor

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A ZVISHAVANE man, who sexually abused a 13-year-old girl and impregnated her, was sentenced to an effective nine months in prison after his juvenile “lover” pleaded with the court to have mercy on him.

ALLIEWAY NYONI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Isheanopa Shumba (38) of Ndaba village under Chief Wedza was found guilty of statutory rape when he appeared before Zvishavane magistrate Peter Madiba.

The juvenile is alleged to have pleaded with her father to forgive Shumba as she was deeply in love with him.

The magistrate cautioned man from bedding minors despite how glossy the relationship could seem since it was a crime.

“I do not expect old men like you to have an affair with children. No matter how rosy that love may be, it remains an offense and one will be locked up for doing so,” Madiba said.

Shumba was initially sentenced to 15 months in prison before four months were suspended on condition that he does not commit a similar or related offence for the next five years, leaving him to serve only nine months at Zvishavane Prison.

It was the State’s case that Shumba started dating the Form 1 schoolgirl in March and they got intimate several times.

After a few months, the juvenile became pregnant and eloped to Shumba’s house, but her parents opposed the move and brought her back home.

They interrogated her over the circumstances that led her to getting pregnant and she disclosed her alleged love affair with Shumba and how they had slept together on several occasions.

The parents made a police report, leading to Shumba’s arrest.