ZIMBABWE – A Mbare man took advantage of the buzz and activity of New Year’s eve and fondled his neighbour’s 9-year-old daughter’s breasts and privates.
Johannes Makaya is said to have called the victim into his house clsiming that he wanted to show her something, whilst people were making merry outside waiting for the New Year.
He told her to sit on a couch and then fondled her breasts and privates telling her that she is beautiful.
The victim managed to flee and went home crying.
She told his father who then lodged a complaint leading to Makaya’s arrest.
When he appeared in court before magistrate Shelly Zvenyika, he pleaded guilty and told the court that he committed the offence under the influence of alcohol.
He was sentenced to 12 months in prison of which five were set aside on condition of good behaviour.
He will effectively serve the remaining seven months in prison.
In passing her judgement magistrate Zvenyika pointed out that the victim was a young girl who will be traumatised by the experience for a long time and that the man responsible is a trusted neighbour.
Liberty Gono represented the State.