Grade Six pupil tests neg­a­tive af­ter HIV rape

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

AN HIV pos­i­tive man from Zvisha­vane who raped a Gade Six pupil and tried to si­lence her with $5 has been jailed for 15 years.

A med­i­cal re­port which was pro­duced in court showed that the girl was not in­fected with any sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted disease or HIV.

Daniel Zivu­rawa (38) of Mu­vengiwa vil­lage un­der Chief Ma­sunda pleaded not guilty to rape charges when he ap­peared be­fore Gweru Mag­is­trate Mr Mor­gan Ne­madire.

He was, how­ever, con­victed due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence against him.

The mag­is­trate sen­tenced him to 15 years in jail and sus­pended three years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr An­drew Ma­rimo said in Novem­ber last year at around 4PM, Zivu­rawa met the com­plainant on her way from school and told her that he had good news for her. She ig­nored him and con­tin­ued walk­ing home. Mr Ma­rimo said Zivu­rawa blocked the girl’s way and dragged her to a nearby bush.

He tied her hands with a rope and stuffed her mouth with a cloth.

The court heard that Zivu­rawa then un­dressed and raped the de­fence­less girl once with­out us­ing any pro­tec­tion fully aware that he was on treat­ment for HIV.

Af­ter the rape, Zivu­rawa then of­fered the girl $5 to con­ceal the mat­ter.

“A herd boy who was herd­ing cat­tle heard the girl scream­ing and walked to­wards the di­rec­tion of the screams.

“The boy met the pupil on her way home and in­quired what the prob­lem was,” said Mr Ma­rimo.

The girl pointed at the man who was fol­low­ing her and the herd boy took her back to school and in­formed the school’s head­mas­ter about the rape. — @patiemt­siwi.

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