KWEKWE- A female Amaveni Primary School teacher has been sentenced to two years in prison by a Kwekwe magistrate for crushing a grade one people against a desk, cracking her forehead in the process.
Mrs Mejulla Matina (51), was convicted after pleading guilty to the assault charges through her lawyer Mr Collen Maboka before begging the court for a lighter sentence.
She will however serve an effective 12 months prison term after Kwekwe Magistrate Mr Tayengwa Sangster set aside 12 months in condition she does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.
Handing down the sentence, Mr Sangster highlighted that Matina abused her position of authority and attacked a minor without being provoked.
“This incident is quiet disturbing to say the least. This is a five year old been sent to school to learn and in your care. You had charge over the complainant and it was upon you to protect the complainant and the rights of the rest of the children,” he said.
He also said corporal punishment had been banned in schools and it was therefore against the law to apply such.
Assault, Mr Sangster, was a serious offence on its own which should be treated as such adding custodial sentence would go a long way in sending a message to would be offenders and paying a fine or community were not options in the case.
“Sentence should be one that fits the offence, that is justifiable by the court and the community at large. If prison is not the right sentence here, where then will it fit? We are looking at the extremes of the cases involved here. Certainly community service or a fine will only serve to trivialise the case at hand, you will therefore be sentenced to a custodial sentence that is deterrent enough,” said Mr Sangster.
It is the State’s case that on February 13 around 8am, the complainant failed to comply with given instructions during a Mathematics lesson.
This did not go down well with Matina who held the complainant by the ear and pushed her towards the table.
Mr Devine Chakombera prosecuted.