Teenager attempts to rape niece (5)

BULAWAYO - A 15-year-old Inyathi boy enticed  his 5-year-old niece to have sexual intercourse with him by offering her peanut butter.

The boy was convicted of attempted rape and sentenced to canning by a prison officer.

Bulawayo Magistrate Crispen Mberewere ordered prison officers to cane the boy (name withheld) twice with a rattan cane.

Prosecutor Jeremiah Mutsindikwa told the court that on September 30, 2012 around 6 pm the teenager followed the girl and her elderly sister into a bush where they were fetching firewood.

He allegedly offered his niece peanut butter if she could accompany him to his homestead.

Her unsuspecting sister consented.

When the girl’s sister went back home to drop the firewood, the boy diverted the route and instead headed into a thick forest where he removed the girl’s panties and forced her to lie down.

Before the boy could rape his niece, her sister arrived forcing the shock-struck teenager to jump off his niece and put his trousers back on.

Caught red-handed; he pleaded with the girl’s sister to keep the matter to herself and promised her money.

The sister decided to tell her mother, leading to the boy’s arrest.

In mitigation, the boy said he did not know what had come over him. - Nyasha Chingono

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