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A 50-year-old Lupane man who was charged with having sex with a young girl aged 13, told a local court he was in love with the minor, adding they planned to get married.

Widower Francis Ndebele is now serving 26 months in jail after being found guilty of having sex with a minor. The two resided in the same village in Lupane.

“She told me she was 14 years old and said that she was ready to get married since she had dropped out of school,” Ndebele told magistrate Aenette Madzorera at a Lupane court.

Ndebele was sentenced to 36 months in jail but has 10 months suspended for five years with conditions.

Prosecuting, Wilberforce Ngoshi said on June 7, 2013, Ndebele, who has one child aged 31, propositioned the minor and she reportedly agreed to date him.

He then invited her to his homestead and she came and prepared supper which they both ate.

Prosecutors said after supper, the two went to bed and eventually had sex at night as the girl spent the night at Ndebele’s place.

The matter came to light the next morning when the girl’s mother looked for the minor and found her at Ndebele’s home.

After questioning, she revealed that he had sexual intercourse with Ndebele.

The girl’s mother reported a crime of rape but was later altered to a lesser charge of having sex with a minor after it turned out it was “consensual”.

Source : New Zimbabwe