Zimbabwean Man Fined $250 For Revenge Porn After Leaking Sex Tape He Recorded Without Permission

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Guard Muchimwe (48) was fined $250 or three months in prison by Midlands Provincial Magistrate Mrs Phathekile Msipa for leaking a video in which he was having sex with his former girlfriend (name withheld). Muchimwe was convicted of circulating pornographic material despite denying the charges. The court heard that he recorded, the complainant, a policewoman, without her knowledge or permission when the two were having oral sex.

When the relationship soured, later on, Muchimwe threatened to release the video. As a result of the threat, the victim offered to have sex with him in order to get him to delete the video. However, after having sex, Muchimwe went on to release the video via Whatsapp.

In passing sentence, Magistrate Msipa said,

What the accused did was wrong as he decided to leak a sex tape he had taken without the complainant’s knowledge. He is found guilty and is sentenced to pay a fine of $250 and in default three months in prison.

At the moment, Zimbabwe does not have any laws which criminalise revenge porn, “the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress.”

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