MPANDAWANA - Alouis Kufandikamwe (21) of Noorhood village 4 Chatsworth was recently sentenced to 12 months in prison for attempting to rape his 14-year-old girlfriend.
Six months were suspended on condition that it was the first crime committed and the other six were set aside on condition he performed community service at Chiwore Clinic in Chatsworth.
It was the State's case that on November 24, 2017, the complainant was with her younger sister in the bush looking for firewood when they met Kufandikamwe.
The two love birds then sat on the log where Kufandikwamwe started fondling the toddlers' breasts, grabbing her by the waist and removing her panties to knee level to solicit for sex.
The complainant realised what was about to happen and left to go home where she disclosed the matter to her grandmother who then accompanied her to the police to report the case leading to the arrest of the suspect.
Addressing this issue, magistrate Edwin Marecha warned against the habit of forcing underage girls into sex.
"You can date a girl of your age or even date those who are older than you. No one will ask a question but it is another thing altogether to destroy a minor's future," said Marecha.
Samuel Magobeya appeared for the State.local