An 11-year-old pupil at Waddilove Primary School in Marondera was yesterday convicted of sodomising also known as anal/abnormal sex with a nine-year-old pupil at the same institution.
Marondera magistrate Ms Mavis Kadumba sentenced the boy to three years imprisonment, which was wholly suspended for five years, and three strokes of cane to be administered by a designated officer.
Ms Kadumba also ruled that the boy be surrendered to the care of a probation officer for the next three years. According to the State led by prosecutor Ms Memory Mandudzo, the incident occurred on July 18 this year at around 7 pm. Ms Mandudzo told the court that the juvenile left his dormitory and proceeded to the junior pupils' dormitory.
He took advantage of the darkness in the dormitory and grabbed the complainant, stripped off his shorts and forced him to lie on his stomach. The juvenile proceeded to sodomise the complainant, who cried out for help.
One of the pupils in the dormitory lit his torch and recognised the accused, who then hid under a bed. The complainant later reported the matter to his class teacher, who in turn filed a police report leading to the boy's arrest.
A medical examination report carried out on the complainant at Marondera provincial hospital was produced in court as evidence.