Mother drops rape charge

THE mother of a 14-year-old pupil at Nketa High School, last week dropped charges against a 19-year-old man who impregnated her daughter.

PRESTIGE GAMA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Mike Nyoni appeared before the Western Commonage magistrate Tancy Chipumha-Dube where he was acquitted after facing charges of contravening Section 70 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform)) Act.

He admitted to the charges filed against him. However, during the trial he said he loved the girl (named withheld) and they had been in a relationship for almost a year now.

“I admit I was wrong for asking her out. However, we were so much in love,” he said.

“I apologise to the mother, but I promise to be a good husband to her.”

In mitigation the man said he was aware of his crime, but begged the court to allow him to witness the birth of his child next month.

Prosecuting, Sibekithemba Dube told the court that the two had been in a relationship for quite some time.

Nyoni is said to have proposed love to the girl each time he saw her coming from school until she agreed and started sleeping with him.

After some time the girl began noticing rash on her private parts and she told her mother, who suggested she go to hospital for an examination.

“I told my mother what was happening to me and she took me to Brady Barracks Clinic, where the doctor told her I was pregnant,” the girl said.

“I revealed to her that I was dating a guy called Mike and that we have been sleeping together.”

When Nyoni was approached regarding the pregnancy, he admitted to the affair and the mother reported the matter to the police.

“I was disheartened when my child got pregnant to a grown up man that is why I ran to report,” the mother said.

“I have realised that since the boy did not give us a headache concerning the pregnancy, therefore, I see no reason to take him to jail.

“The court had asked for medical reports to prove that my daughter was checked as evidence, but I chose to ignore the report and withdraw the charges.”

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