Gweru magistrate, Ms Judith Taruvinga ordered Wisdom Nechitoro (33) of Mtapa suburb in Gweru to surrender the custody of his three-year-old son to the boy’s aunt.
Nechitoro was found guilty of one count of assault and child abuse and was sentenced to 3 years which was wholly suspended on condition that he does not commit a similar crime. Nechitoro’s son will now be raised by his relatives under the supervision of a probation officer for two years. The child at one point resided at Rutendo Children’s home.
The court heard that on May 30 this year, Nechitoro’s landlady noticed that his son had a swollen forehead and eye as well as bruises on his back. Upon being questioned he revealed that he had been assaulted by his father using fists and an electrical cable.