Man in­fects ju­ve­nile girl­friend with HIV

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo

A BULAWAYO man has been ar­raigned for de­lib­er­ately in­fect­ing his 15-year-old girl­friend-cum-ten­ant with HIV.

The man (32) who can­not be named to pro­tect the mi­nor, also im­preg­nated the girl.

He pleaded not guilty to de­lib­er­ately in­fect­ing the girl with HIV be­fore re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Mark Dzira.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to yes­ter­day for con­tin­u­a­tion of trial but did not ap­pear in court.

In his de­fence the man, said he tested HIV neg­a­tive last year in Septem­ber when he got his tooth ex­tracted.

“When I met her, she told me that she had never had sex­ual in­ter­course with any­one. How­ever, af­ter our first en­counter she con­fessed she had had sex be­fore,” he said.

“We con­tin­ued in­dulging un­til she fell preg­nant. I was then ar­rested in Jan­uary this year as it was al­leged that I had raped her with my wife’s as­sis­tance.”

The man claimed that he only tested HIV pos­i­tive af­ter he was re­manded in cus­tody. Prose­cut­ing Mr Ti­nashe Dzipe al­leges that some­time in Novem­ber 2015 and Jan­uary 2016, the man had un­pro­tected sex with the girl sev­eral times while he knew he was in­fected.

“The girl was later ex­am­ined and it was dis­cov­ered that she was HIV pos­i­tive and preg­nant.”

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