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Boy dates, impregnates sister

by Staff reporter
14 Jun 2024 at 08:03hrs | Views
WHILE stories of love conquering all inspire some of the greatest works of art and literature, tales of infatuation between close relatives siblings, or parent and child elicit disgust.

That was the reaction of many people when news filtered through that an 18-year-old boy from the Mawabeni area under Chief Gwebu in Esigodini, Matabeleland South Province, decided to engage in an incestuous relationship with his 16-year-old sister that culminated in a pregnancy.

Wonder no more, and yes, you read it right, his biological sister! He described the sexual relationship as "mind-blowing". The girl is said to be five months pregnant.

Circumstances to the incident are that on an unknown date but sometime in August 2023, the shameless boy (name withheld) who was sexually attracted to his younger sister who also cannot be named to protect her identity, proposed love to her and she agreed.

The two were staying together with their parents when they formed a highly unusual bond that led to sexual encounters several times. It was proved in court that again on an unknown date but sometime in January this year the boy asked his younger sister to have sex with him and she agreed.

The two then entered into one of the bedrooms and had sex twice. The illicit affair, however, came to light in March this year when it was discovered that the boy's younger sister was pregnant. Questioned by her mother, she disclosed that it was her elder brother who was responsible for the pregnancy. Shocked by the revelations, the mother reported the matter to the police leading to the arrest of the siblings.

They both recently appeared before Esigodini magistrate Jeconia Prince Ncube to answer to charges of having sex within a prohibited degree of relationship. Incest is illegal in Zimbabwe as defined in Section 75 (2) (c) of the Criminal (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23. They both pleaded guilty to the charge.

The boy was sentenced to 12 months in prison of which four months were suspended for five years on condition that he does not within that period commit any offence involving sex within a prohibited degree of relationship, for which upon conviction, he will be sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine. The remaining eight months were suspended on condition that he completes 280 hours of community service at Mawabeni Clinic.

His younger sister received a six-month sentence, fully suspended for five years, with similar conditions regarding offences involving sex within a prohibited degree of relationship.

Source - bmetro