By Staff Reporter
A clerk at a Masvingo school repeatedly struck her 8-year-old niece with an electric cable and further forced her to touch a hot plate as punishment for stealing a piece of chocolate the family had kept for eating after dinner.
The minor, who cannot be named for ethical reasons, sustained burns on her right hand and severe bruises all over the body as a result of the abuse.
Kudzai Musarurwa (45) pleaded guilty to contravening sections of the Children’s Act when she appeared before Masvingo magistrate, Langton Ndokera on Friday.
She was sentenced to 30 days in prison with an option of paying a $100 fine.
Appearing for the state, Fidelis Nyamukondiwa told court that on 30 July this year, Musarurwa left the minor alone at the family homestead after she had finished preparing some chocolate which was going to be consumed after dinner, on the table.
The court heard that during her aunt’s absence, the minor ate the chocolate.
This angered the aunt who, on her return, took an electric cable and started assaulting the minor several times all over the body.
As if that was not enough, court was told, she lit the stove and ordered the niece to touch the red-hot plate.
The matter came to light after the minor narrated her ordeal to a neighbour, one Prosper Chekenyu, soon after the incident.
Chekenyu accompanied the minor to the police before she was taken to Masvingo Provincial hospital for treatment.
A medical report was produced in court as evidence.