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Mother burns 14-year-old daughter with hot water for sleeping with teacher

By Mason White 10:53 AM January 5, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A mother was arrested, charged and convicted of physical abuse after pouring hot water on her child.

The 45-year-old woman of Zimbabwe, scalded her 14-year-old daughter with boiling water as punishment for sleeping with a 32-year-old teacher.

The teacher, identified as Celestine Matsika, taught at the Kwite Primary School.

The mother begged for mercy of the court saying: “I love my daughter. I was angry that my daughter was at risk of getting infected with a sexually transmitted disease because she slept with older man. My motivation was to discipline her. I know I did something terrible, but I blame the teacher who slept with my daughter for all of this.”

The mother pleaded guilty before Magistrate Livard Philemon, to physical abuse.

Prosecutor Clemencia Shawarira said that the mother threw boiling water on the chest of her 14-year-old daughter, causing her severe burns.

She also attacked her daughter several times, causing the girl to be hospitalized for a week.

The mother was sentenced to 12 months in prison with four months suspended for five years on condition that she does not commit another crime of the same nature.

During sentencing, Philemon explained that he had to impose a jail sentence because of the serious injuries suffered by the child.