Such is that the case with a woman from Beitbridge who pleaded with a magistrate to not jail her boyfriend who had been convicted of r@ping her.
The 14 year-old-girl from Lutumba area in Beitbridge who burst into tears in court last Friday and begged an area magistrate to not jail her 20-year-old boyfriend who had been convicted of carnal abuse , reports The Herald.
The court heard that Lovemore Mapanzure used his uncle’s house to roll in the hay with the minor for four days before she was rescued by police.
Beitbridge resident magistrate, Mr. Tiyondepi Zhou, convicted Mapanzure on his own plea of guilty and sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment before conditionally suspending four months of the sentence for five years.
Prosecutor, Mr. Tariro Makaya, told the court that Mapanzure proposed like to the teenager in December last year and she or he accepted.
On 29 March this year, the girl visited Mapanzure at his uncle’s homestead where they became intimate once.
The two stayed together for four days during which they were intimate a minimum of once daily.
Police raided the homestead after the girl’s mother reported the case.
Zimbabwe carnal abuse law is violated when a private has consensual heteros.e.xual or female homos.e.xual s.e.xual contact with an individual under age 16.
Individuals aged 15 or younger in Zimbabwe aren’t legally ready to consent to s.e.xual int3rcourse , and such activity may end in prosecution for carnal abuse or the equivalent local law.
Zimbabwe doesn’t have a close-in-age exemption. draw in age exemptions are put in situ to stop the prosecution of people who engage in consensual s.e.xual intercourse when both participants are significantly draw in age to every other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.
Because there’s no close-in-age exemption in Zimbabwe, it’s possible for 2 individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in interc0urse to both be prosecuted for carnal abuse , although this is often rare.
Similarly, no protections are reserved for s.e.xual relations during which one participant may be a 15-year-old and therefore the second may be a 16 or 17-year-old.