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Sunday, 24 March 2019

‘I Was Experimenting After Watching Porn’; 12-Year-Old Boy Who Raped His Neighbour

A 12-year-old boy was convicted of raping his three-year-old neighbour at a school cottage.
During his arraignment in court, the boy from Lupane area of Zimbabwe who cannot be named because he is a minor – admitted to the charge and told the magistrate that he had been experimenting after he had watched a porn video on his friend’s phone.
The Sunday News reports that Lupane Regional Magistrate Mr Collet Ncube convicted the minor of the rape charge because of the youth’s guilty plea.
However, the magistrate cautioned and discharged the youth after noting his youthfulness.
I have taken into account that you have pleaded guilty to the charge, didn’t waste the court’s time and that you are 12 years old. The court also notes that at 12 years you are still able to reform and have taken into account that the commission the offence was as a result of exposure to pornographic material.
You committed a serious offence and what saves you is your age. I will agree with the recommendation of the probation officer. You are hereby cautioned and discharged as well as placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years.

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