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By Yeukai Karengezeka 18/04/18 P5

A chitungwiza married man will spend three years in jail for being intimate with a 14 year old girl. Munyaradzi Muchina (21), who is married claims he dated a girl under the impression that she was an adult. The girl fell pregnant as a result of the offence. Muchina was initially charged with rape, but after the trial, regional magistrate Mrs Estere Chivasa found him guilty of a lesser offence. The man pleaded guilty to the charge of having sexual intercourse with a minor arguing that the act was consensual. Ms Chivasa said evidence before the court showed that the two were in love and that  girl was never forced into the act. The girl decided to divulge the information upon discovering that she was now six months pregnant. Ms Chivasa blasted Muchina for recklessness and disrespect that saw him bedding the girl in her parents house and without protection. Muchina who was friends with a tenants at the girls house, took advantage of the celebrations and lured the girl into one of the rooms where they became intimate. The girl later opened up and disclosed the offence to her aunt. A report was made to the police, leading to Muchinas arrest.