A MUTASA man appeared before a Mutare magistrate this week charged with trying to circumcise his five-year-old son with a set of nail clippers.
Peter Nyashenga, 35, of Tengwe Village under Chief Muparutsa, pleaded guilty to contravening sections of the Children’s Act when he appeared before magistrate Anne Ndiraya.
He was remanded in custody to Tuesday next week for sentencing.
The court heard that the abuse occurred while the child was in the custody of Nyashenga after he recently divorced his wife.
Prosecutor Brian Goto said on the day in question, Nyashenga called his son into their house and locked the door.
He then instructed the boy to undress and fished nail clippers from his pocket which he used to clip the foreskin of his son’s penis.
The case was reported to police by his former wife after she noticed that the boy was in pain and the minor spilled the beans after being questioned.
The boy was taken to hospital and a medical report was produced in court as an exhibit.
The court also heard that Nyashenga savagely assaulted the boy the day before the attempted circumcision, resulting in his neighbours complaining about his ill-treatment of the child.
Asked why he committed such an offence, Nyashenga said his intention was not to harm the minor.
“Your Worship my intention was not to harm but to circumcise him,” he said.