Abusive step-mother badly beats minor, ‘coaches’ another to take blame

By Monalisa Matongo

A Masvingo woman recently appeared in court for allegedly assaulting and physically abusing her seven year old step son.

Linet Tendai Sibanda (44) who resides at 16240 Lazarus Tsvairai Street in Runyararo is being charged in line with section 7(1) of the Children’s Act chapter 5:06, ‘Physical Abuse’.

It is the State case that on the February 27, the accused allegedly assaulted the minor Junior Shearing with a switch and a plastic whip several times on the back which led to the serious injury of the minor.

The reason for the assault is that the minor was spending time playing with other children.

After being late for school at St Francis Aphiri Primary, on February 28, the minor’s teacher Kangamiro Marevese noticed that the child was not feeling well and later on found out that he had been badly assaulted .

Marevese went with the minor to the police station where the matter was conveyed and later on was handed to the magistrate court.

During investigations, a grade seven brother to the complainant defended the suspect saying it was him and not their step-mother who assaulted the minor.

It is, however, being suspected that Sibanda could have coached the elder brother to lie on her behalf so that she could be set free.