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Grade 7 boy up for sodomy

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A GRADE 7 pupil at Mafakela Primary School allegedly sodomised a nine-year-old Grade 5 Inzwanazi Primary School pupil in Bulawayo on several occasions after luring him from the Luveve Public Library to the Luveve Park.

SILAS NKALA
STAFF REPORTER

The matter was heard in the Victim Friendly Court by Bulawayo Regional Court magistrate Sikhumbuzo Nyathi when the boy, who is now 14, appeared before him charged with sodomy.

The boy, who is denying the charges, was represented by a lawyer Nqobani Nyathi. The alleged victim, who is now 10, told the court that on June 20 and 21 2013 he met his alleged abuser who asked him to accompany him to the library.

“I refused, but he threatened to assault me and we went to the library. He then said I should go with him to the Luveve Park, but I refused and he threatened me again,” said the boy shedding tears while relating his ordeal.

He said this happened on several occasions and he was afraid to tell his grandmother as the accused had threatened to assault him if he told anyone.

The magistrate remanded the case to tomorrow for continuation.

Prosecutor Masimba Saruaka told the court that on June 20 last year at around 9am, the nine-year-old boy was at Luveve Library where he was reading. After finishing reading, he went outside where he encountered the 13-year-old boy who grabbed him by the left hand and pulled him outside the library premises.

He then coerced him to accompany him to the Luveve Park. The younger boy tried to resist, but was threatened with assault.

Upon arrival at the park, the older boy ordered him to remove his trousers and when the younger boy refused, he was kicked on both feet.

The younger boy fell to the ground and was allegedly sodomised.

On June 21, the older boy again allegedly forced his victim to accompany him to the park and sodomised him. He reported the abuse to the family maid and a report was made to the police, leading to the arrest of the then 13-year-old.

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