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The Herald, Harare, 1 May 2014

Boy (17) forces girlfriend to have group sex

By Lovemore Meya
Court Reporter


A 17-year-old Chitungwiza boy reportedly drugged his 16-year-old girlfriend and had sexual intercourse with her before forcing her to have group sex with his two friends while he watched. He, however, dumped the girl after she fell pregnant. A medical doctor who examined the girl said she had been infected with a sexually-transmitted infection.

The boy and his friend (18) denied rape charges while their 19-year-old accomplice was still at large.

The incident occurred sometime in September last year when the girl went to see her boyfriend at his house. He allegedly made her drink beer and had sexual intercourse with her while she was drunk.

After the act, he asked his two friends to enter the room while she was naked and forced her to have sex with them.

The duo appeared before Chitungwiza regional magistrate Ms Estere Chivasa. The boy was lucky to escape a prison term after he was sentenced to corporal punishment of five strokes. In addition, he was slapped with a suspended two-year prison term on condition of good behaviour.

His friend was slapped with a two-year jail term with 18 months suspended for five years and the remaining six months effective.

In sentencing them, Ms Chivasa said the boy who turns 18 next month escaped a custodial sentence by a whisker.

"I took into account that you were in a form of a relationship with the complainant and being a minor again, I will sentence you to a suspended jail term. Unlike your friend, he took advantage of the girl and sexually abused her despite the fact that she dropped out of school leading her to be delinquent," said Ms Chivasa.

Ms Chivasa said the law sought to protect young girls from such kind of abuse.

© 2013 The Herald

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