Woman Entices Son’s Friend (12) To Steal From Parents In Return For Punani Favours

A 36-year-old woman has been arrested after she allegedly manipulated and enticed her son’s 12-year-old friend to steal money from his parents. 

The money the juvenile stole was then used to pay for the punani favours his friend’s mother was granted him.

Zim Morning Post reports that the predatory 36-year-old, Rose Friday (36), appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi facing aggravated indecent assault and theft charges. The magistrate denied her bail and instead advised her to apply for bail at the High Court.

According to the state’s case, the incident occurred when the minor went to play with Friday’s son at the latter’s residence.

After learning that the juvenile’s mother was a forex dealer, Friday enticed him to steal US$20. In exchange, she promised to do something special for him. When the juvenile returned with the US$20, Friday pushed him to steal another US$10, which he did.
Woman Entices Son’s Friend (12) To Steal From Parents In Return For Punani Favours
Woman Entices Son’s Friend (12) To Steal From Parents In Return For Punani Favours
A few hours later that day, when the juvenile was watching television with Friday’s son, she called him into her bedroom. She allegedly instructed him to return to her bedroom once her son had fallen asleep.

The 12-year-old complied and returned as soon as his friend dosed off. The 36-year-old then punani abused the minor before ordering him to go back to watch television.

The matter finally came to light when the minor was cornered by his mom over the missing money. After intense questioning, he revealed where he took the money as well as the punani abuse.

Friday’s husband, Kudakwashe David Mugabe (27), was also arrested and charged with obstructing the course of justice after he allegedly threatened to assault the minor for pressing charges against his wife. The threats were delivered in front of police officers.

Under Zimbabwean criminal law, women cannot be charged with rape. According to Section 65 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act [Chapter9:23], rape is a crime that is committed by a male person who has non-consensual punani intercourse with a female person and involves penile penetration. The maximum possible sentence for rape is life imprisonment. Critics have called for this law to be reformed and for the definition of rape to be widened.

Women can only be charged with indecent assault or aggravated indecent assault. The aggravated indecent assault has the same penalties as rape although some magistrates can be lenient when it comes to sentencing. 

A Marondera maid who raped her employer’s 9-year-old son was sentenced to an effective 3 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated indecent assault.


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