In an extremely disturbing case, a 12-year-old boy from Lupane was convicted of raping his three-year-old neighbour at a school cottage. When he appeared in court, the boy who cannot be named because he is a minor readily admitted to the charge and told the magistrate that he had been experimenting after he had watched a po_rn video on his friend’s phone.
The Sunday News reports that Lupane Regional Magistrate Mr Collet Ncube convicted the minor of the rape charge because of the youth’s guilty plea. However, the magistrate cautioned and discharged the youth after noting his youthfulness.
In his ruling, the magistrate said,
I have taken into account that you have pleaded guilty to the charge, didn’t waste the court’s time and that you are 12 years old. The court also notes that at 12 years you are still able to reform and have taken into account that the commission the offence was as a result of exposure to po_rno_graphic material
…You committed a serious offence and what saves you is your age. I will agree with the recommendation of the probation officer. You are hereby cautioned and discharged as well as placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years.