Incest siblings spared jail

HARARE - A Harare magistrate has sentenced Dzivarasekwa siblings who engaged in a sexual affair and bore a child to an 18-month wholly suspended prison sentence.

Magistrate Aidonia Masawi sentenced Ashley Feremenga,19, and Robson Feremenga, 21, to 18 months imprisonment before suspending nine months on condition of good behaviour.

A further nine months were set aside on condition the two perform 630 hours of community service.

Ashley and Robson, who are brother and sister, were convicted for having sexual intercourse within a prohibited degree or relationship.

Masawi considered that accused persons were “first time offenders who should be given a chance to reflect on their wrong doings.”

In aggravation, prosecutor Liberty Gono urged the courts to pass a stiff sentence.

“This is an unnatural offence of which accused persons were convicted both morally and culturally,” he said. “They were fully aware of their wrong doings and indeed stayed as husband and wife, and have a two-year-old daughter and eight months pregnancy.

“The court must pass a sentence showing clearly that their action was unlawful.”

Gono proved that Ashley and Robson, who both reside at 6023 Dzivarasekwa Extension in Harare, fell in love sometime in 2010.

The two had sexual intercourse on several occasions and had a child together.

The siblings continued indulging in sexual intercourse resulting in Ashley carrying her brother’s second pregnancy.

The offence came to light when their father Jonasi Feremenga was advised of Ashley and Robson’s relationship and reported the matter to the police.

Comments (5)

Shame on you the Feremengas. Maybe you wanted to play it the Arab way where a sister and brother can marry officially without any condemnation from anyone. It is prevalent in countries like Iraq, Lebanon, Kosovo and Sudan.But we are in Zimbabwe

SHAVA - 28 January 2014

Shame, reminds me of Jealous (Jeras), the Mbare mad man.

Geoffry - 28 January 2014

Where are your bibles dear brethen, the end is near and so is the second coming of our Saviour. this! will not guarantee you a ticket to heaven unless you change your ways and repent

VICTOR - 29 January 2014

Even during the olden days this type of marriege was normal and encouraged. e.g Sarah and Abraham

mapungubwe dundilabazwele - 29 January 2014

Shava, i live in the arab land, they don't even marry brothers, but cousins (in our culture they are brothers/sisters still).

jmugadza - 30 January 2014

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