A Karoi magistrate has ordered a 16-year-old high school pupil to perform 140 hours of community service after convicting the teenager of making a false rape report against her father who had beaten her for misbehaving.
The father, a nurse at a mission hospital, spent two weeks, including Christmas, in prison and was only freed last week. A magistrate delivered the ruling after the girl withdrew the case, saying she made the sinister report to “fix” her parent.
The magistrate initially sentenced her to six months in jail but suspended two months on condition she does not commit a similar offence over the next five years.
The remaining four months were also suspended on condition she completes 140 hours of community service at her school.
The community service begins on April 4 this year.