Maid slices child (4)’s upper lip

Prosper Dembedza Court Correspondent
A Harare maid who sliced the upper lip of her employer’s four-year-old daughter with a knife as punishment for failing to cut tomatoes was yesterday sentenced to 210 hours of community service.

The magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe sentenced Maslin Refu (19) to 12 months in prison but suspended six months for five years on condition that she does not commit a similar offence.

The remaining six months were also suspended on condition that she performs 210 hours of community service at Mwanandishe Primary School in Mabvuku.

Refu was facing charges of contravening the Children’s Act.

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  • aboobakah

    the sentence is too lenient

  • Cecil Roars

    I thid maid has real issues, perhaps mental ones.

  • Nelson

    ngaapinde mujeri kana kwe1 month plus community service yacho

  • CuriousCat

    That’s it? So…precedent set by the courts, slice a child’s lips and you proceed to go do your cleaning, only cleaning a different place with the potential of meeting future hubby there? Come maids, lets go slicing kids’ lips and clean outside our durawalls…where are is the Girl Child Network in this and all who stand for the defenceless? Sad ruling.

  • Mobutu Sese Seko Zaire

    ndooo chiii ichocho

  • karombe

    mutemo upi washandiswa na magistrate uyu. the maid deserves incersaration. rights groups hamufaniri kunyarara apa!

  • Children’s Eyes

    Community Service for abuse of a 4 year old? hezvo….. mahumbwe ka aya!!! This Magistrate should be jailed for showing the world that one can abuse a child and get away with it….