A man accused of having sexual intercourse with his 15-year-old
The 50-year-old man, who cannot be named, was charged with incest after the girl became pregnant.
The prosecution used DNA evidence from the foetus to allege her father was responsible.
But today Chief Justice Terence Higgins told the court he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the DNA showed the accused was the father of the child.
He said he had no evidence as to how a family genetic disorder would have affected the DNA results.
The victim has a chromosomal disorder which she inherited from her mother and passed on to the foetus.
Questions were raised during the evidence about what impact that disorder would have had on the weight and size of the foetus and whether estimates of the time of conception would have been correct.
Justice Higgins found the man not guilty of the charge.
The wife of the accused man was in tears when she heard the verdict and shouted ‘thank you your honour’ as Justice Higgins left the court.
12-year-old alleges incest by paternal uncle
A case ofincest and consequent pregnancy has come to light in Mohali. A 12 year old girl was brought to the hospital in fragile health. Examination revealed that she was four months pregnant.
This 12 year old girl in the Mohali Civil Hospital is scarred for life. The victim of incest, at the hands of her paternal uncle, she was four months pregnant when she was brought to hospital. The case came to light when the girl felt unwell and medicalexamination revealed pregnancy. Hospital authorities informed the police and aborted the fetus.
The police talked to the girl who said her paternal uncle, Rahul, a resident of Sector 56, Chandigarh, violated her and threatened her of dire consequences if she told anyone.
The police have arrested Rahul and the girl is undergoing treatment. Physically, the girl is expected to recover well but the real wounds would be very difficult to heal.
already 6months pregnant
A woman and her son have done the unthinkable – they have fallen in love with one another. And now they want to marry since the mom, Betty Mbereko from Mwenezi in Masvingo, is six months pregnant and expecting her son’s child.
Mbereko (40), who was widowed 12 years ago, has been cohabiting with her first child, Farai Mbereko (23). She confirms that she is six months pregnant and that she has decided it is better to “marry” her son because she does not want to marry her late husband’s young brothers, whom she says are coveting her.
Betty stunned a village court last week when she said the affair with her son had begun three years earlier. She said after spending a lot of money sending Farai to school following the death of her husband, she felt she had a right to his money and no other woman was entitled to it.
“Look, I strove alone to send my son to school and no one helped me. Now you see that my son is working and you accuse me of doing something wrong. “Let me enjoy the products of my sweat,” she told the village court.
Farai said he was more than prepared to marry his mother and would pay off the ilobola balance his father had left unpaid to his grandparents. “I know my father died before he finished paying the bride price and I am prepared to pay it off,” he said.
“It is better to publicise what is happening because people should know that I am the one who made my mother pregnant. Otherwise they will accuse her of promiscuity.”
But local headman Nathan Muputirwa says: “We cannot allow this to happen in our village, mashura chaiwo aya, (This is a bad omen indeed). In the past they would have to be killed but today we cannot do it because we are afraid of the police.” He warned them to break off their marriage or leave his village.
They chose the latter and have left the village for an unknown destination.