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Community service for dumping baby

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GWANDA — The 20-year-old woman from Gwanda who recently dumped her newly-born baby in a pit latrine claiming the man who had impregnated her had denied responsibility, has been ordered to perform 240 hours of community service at Stanmore Primary School.

Lindani Ndlovu had been slapped with a six-month jail term, which was wholly suspended on condition she performed community service.

Ndlovu was convicted on her own plea of guilty to infanticide when she appeared before Gwanda magistrate Gladmore Mushove.

The court heard that on September 22, Ndlovu, who was nine months pregnant, gave birth to a baby whose sex was not revealed in court papers.

She took the baby and threw it in a pit latrine. The matter came to light when a neighbour, Penny Sibanda, noticed Ndlovu was no longer pregnant.

Sibanda also noticed that Ndlovu’s clothes were blood-stained and when he entered the toilet he saw blood stains.

Sibanda asked her what had happened to the pregnancy.

Sibanda reported the matter to the police, leading to Ndlovu’s arrest.

The baby’s decomposing corpse was later retrieved.
When asked in court why she dumped the baby, Ndlovu claimed she had no means of caring for the baby.

She said her boyfriend denied responsibility and fled from the village.

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