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Abusive step-mother badly beats minor, orders another to take blame

Monalisa Matongo
A Masvingo woman
recently appeared in court for allegedly assaulting and physically abusing her
seven year old step son.
Linet Tendai
Sibanda (44) who resides at 16240 Lazarus Tsvairai Street in Runyararo is being
charged in line with section 7(1) of the Children’s Act chapter 5:06, ‘Physical
Abuse’.
It is the State
case that on the February 27, the accused allegedly assaulted the minor Junior
Shearing with a switch and a plastic whip several times on the back which led
to the serious injury of the minor.
The reason for
the assault is that the minor was spending time playing with other children.
After being late
for school at St Francis Aphiri Primary, on February 28, the minor’s teacher Kangamiro
Marevese noticed that the child was not feeling well and later on found out
that he had been badly assaulted .
Marevese went
with the minor to the police station where the matter was conveyed and later on
was handed to the magistrate court.
During
investigations, a grade seven brother to the complainant defended the suspect
saying it was him and not their step-mother who assaulted the minor.
It is, however,
being suspected that Sibanda could have coached the elder brother to lie on her
behalf so that she could be set free.

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