Zimbabwe Teacher Jailed For Having Sex With Student

A Zimbabwean teacher will spend the next two years in prison after he was convicted for having sex with a 15-year-old student on several occasions.

Steward Makoni (age not given) was facing rape charges but escaped a lengthy jail term after Regional Magistrate Judith Zuyu convicted him on a lesser charge of having sexual intercourse with a minor.

He was initially sentenced to three years behind bars but a year was conditionally suspended.

Passing judgement, magistrate Zuyu said evidence produced by both parties in court showed that the minor consented to the sex.

Prosecutor Liberty Hove had told court during the trial that sometime in February this year Makoni, who was a teacher at Mutonhori Secondary School in Zaka, had sexual intercourse with the Form 2 pupil on several occasions.

Court heard that the matter came to light after the minor's brother realised that his sister was in the habit of buying expensive food at lunch and became suspicious.

The boy also noticed that his sister had a mobile phone which he knew their parents could not afford.

The brother then reported his concerns to their parents and investigations led to the arrest of Makoni after the teen said she was being forced to be intimate with the teacher.

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