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Grade 5 boy buries girl alive, convicted of manslaughter

19/05/2017 00:00:00
by Midlands Correspondent
 
 
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A GRADE 5 pupil who dug a pit before burying an eight year old girl on Friday escaped a prison term after he was given a wholly suspended sentence.

Polite Tekwane, now 19, of village Marere, Chief Mukoka in Gokwe was handed a wholly suspended four year jail term by High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese after he convicted him for culpable homicide.

Justice Makonese considered that Tekwane was a minor when he committed the crime and that he was negligent in causing Zanele Ngwenya's death.

Prosecutors told the court that on September 12, 2010 Tekwane, Ngwenya and others were coming from school after being chased away for non-payment of fees.

When they reached Mandisarara River the children agreed to play by burying each other in the sand.

Tekwane then dug a pit and got hold of the deceased whom he lay inside on her stomach before sitting on her back covering her body with sand.

"On observing that the accused was covering the deceased's head with sand, one of the pupils decided to rescue her but was threatened by the accused,” prosecutors said.

"At the same time, the deceased would try to free herself but the accused would press her head down in the sand. Finally, the accused buried the deceased alive and left the scene."

Other pupils later reported the matter to the police leading to Tekwane's arrest.



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