By Marian Rushwaya
A MAN from Silobela in Zhombe, Midlands Province, breathed a sigh of relief after he escaped jail for taking a Form 1 student as a wife for five months.
The 15-year-old old who cannot be named for ethical reasons is currently pregnant.
Marshal Mukondo (20) appeared before Kwekwe Magistrate Cheryl Tembo facing charges of staying with the minor as husband and wife for a period of five (5) months.
He pleaded guilty.
The court heard that sometime in April the complainant’s parents went to Mukondo’s homestead to take their daughter back home and they showed him the minor’s birth certificate.
The complainant’s parents then proceeded to report the case to the police.
In his defense, Mukondo said he was not aware that the girl was a minor.
“Your Worship I didn’t know that she was a minor. l only got to know it when her parents showed me her birth certificate,” he said.
He went on to say he was not aware that the complainant was a Form One student.
“I didn’t know that she was a student since our relationship started in December last year,” he said.
Upon passing judgement Tembo gave Mukondo eight months of community service at Exchange Clinic. – Zimbabwe Voice ■