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Tinomutenda Midzi

04 Feb 2017 - SHURUGWI
- A Shurugwi mother appeared in court last week charged with forcing her 15-year-old daughter to be intimate with a 40-year-old man and was slapped with a five-month jail term.
Shurugwi Magistrate Evia Matura also sentenced Jephias Nyika to 630 hours of community service.
It was the State's case that on January 11, 2017, the mother escorted her daughter to Nyika's homestead and told her that she was going to become Nyika's wife.
The girl's grandmother saved her after she followed the two to Nyika's homestead.
The court heard that Nyika followed the three on their way back home and pleaded with the minor to return with him and she gave in after being pressured by her mother.
The court also heard that at around midnight on the same day, Nyika had sexual intercourse with the minor.
The concerned grandmother, however, took the matter to the police leading to the arrest of both the girl's mother and Nyika.
Bertha Bore

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