The prosecutor, Kelvin Guvheya, told the court that, on the 29th of September 2017 at around 19:00hrs, Stanford Gunda convinced the 13-year-old (name withheld) via Whatsapp to elope with him, the teenager waited for him outside her home gate where Gunda took her to his friend’s house.
The court further heard, the following morning the two proceeded to Mutare where Gunda’s sister stays and had consensual sexual intercourse several times.
They later returned to Gweru where they stayed as a couple for the whole month. The teenage wife then went to inform her aunt about her marriage, consequently, the Aunt made a police report leading to the instant incarceration of the accused.
He said, “Your worship, the girl and I are deeply in love and we are customarily married, I did not rape her, she consented to have sex with me.”
“What is surprising is that you knew the girl was a grade seven
Gunda was sentenced to two years