Crimes Courts

Precious Teya says a 13-year-old boy behaved like an adult

Crimes Courts

05 Mar, 2021 | Posted By:
Precious Teya says a 13-year-old boy behaved like an adult "Anogona Lula lula kutodarika vamwe varume vakuru mudzimba umu"

 Greendale H00KER Precious Teya says a 13-year-old boy behaved like an adult. Lawyers for Precious Teya, 26, say she had no way of knowing that the alleged victim was a minor because of his appearance. A s.e.x worker accused of sleeping with a 13-year-old boy she met on a dating website has launched a bail appeal at the High Courtarguing that the person she bedded behaved like a grown-up man. The lawyers also say the prosecution has failed to provide the boy’s birth certificate proving his age. Justice Tawanda Chitapi will hear Teya’s appeal against denial of bail by a magistrate last week.

Her lawyer Moses Nyatsoma said: “The charges have been changed for the third time. She is now being charged with aggravated indecent assault, which to me shows how flimsy the charges are.”

Teya was initially charged with sleeping with having sexual a minor and then r@pe. Nyatsomamaintains that the facts as captured by prosecutors are contradictory to what really transpired. “We have a child who is in school and has a secret phone which nobody knows about. He lured the girl, of course a 26-year-old, for s.e.x. The child is purported to be 13 but we have not seen any evidence to prove that,” the lawyer said.

“We have requested his birth certificate but we have not been furnished with the same to date. So as far as the age of the complainant is concerned, we are not sure.” Nyatsoma said in the absence of a birth certificate, the boy should have gone for age estimation but the state has not bothered to do so.

He added: “If you look at the stature of the child, his height, the way he is built, you cannot tell by merely looking at him that he is 13 and there was no way my client could suspect he was a minor. “If you also look at his own behaviour of going on a dating site, getting a s.e.x worker, paying for the taxi, waiting by the gate, entertaining the s.e.x worker inside the house, and whatever else that transpired… it is not consistent with a 13-year-old. In the absence of proof, we will not accept his age.”

The form 2 boy got a rude awakening when the prostitute handed him a US$120 service bill in the morning. Desperate, the Form 2 pupil at Watershed College in Marondera dashed next door to ask for a quick bailout, but neighbours called the police.