I knew he was married – 14-year-old tells court

MASVINGO – A 14-year-old, Form 2 Zimuto High School juvenile who on numerous occasions had sex with a 37-year-old man told Masvingo Magistrate Conceptor Ngwerume that she was in love with the man knowing well that he was married.
The relationship between Solomon Musiyiwa of Magwa Village under Chief Zimuto and the juvenile (name withheld) lasted for seven months and they had sex at his house, the juvenile’s residency and sometimes in the bush.
Musiyiwa was remanded in custody after he appeared in court charged with having sexual intercourse with a minor on Tuesday. He will be sentenced on October 5, 2021.
It is the State case represented by Noel Mandebvu that the complainant’s father gave a parcel to Masiyiwa to go and give it to the girl who was at school at Zimuto. After school, Musiyiwa who stays in the same neighbourhood with the juvenile met her on her way home and proposed love.
The two fell in love and they started having sexual intercourse from time to time. The juvenile stays with her father and her aunt’s daughter.
Musiyiwa said he did not know that the girl was 14.
“I did not know that she is 14. I never asked her age, I thought she was 16,” pleaded Musiyiwa.
The father of the minor picked up some information on the relationship and the minor confirmed it to him.
The minor told the court that she knew Musiyiwa was married but still went on to accept the relationship.

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