Stiff Sentence: Abusive Maid Jailed 30 Years

Harare - Memory Makore aged 40 will spend the next 25 years behind bars, after she was found guilty of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy under her care. 

The magistrate sentenced the former housemaid and a mother of five to a stiffer sentence for exposing an innocent child under her care to HIV deliberately.  

Initially, she was given a 30-year jail term before suspending five years on condition of good behaviour.

In passing sentence, the court said the age difference of 30 years between the minor and the accused person is vast and by virtue of being in a position of authority and as a mother of five, Makore was supposed to protect the minor child.
Maid Jailed for 30 Years

“As a mother of five, the accused was supposed to safeguard the child and not to harm him in any form. 

“The accused was not supposed to quench her sexual desire with a minor child, but to look for a man of her age,” she said.

She said the accused’s conduct did not just harm the minor child only, but his family, society and the international community as well.

She further stated that the accused had violated the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the country. The magistrate said society condemns such behaviour morally as well as legally.

She said the court had considered the interest of justice, the interest of the accused person and that of the international community.

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