‘Rapist’ in­fects neigh­bour (16) with HIV

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wynne Zanamwe Mid­lands Re­porter

A 29-YEAR-OLD man from Gweru has ap­peared in court for al­legedly rap­ing and in­fect­ing his neigh­bour’s 16-year-old daugh­ter with HIV.

The rape sus­pect, who can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of the mi­nor ap­peared be­fore Gweru Mag­is­trate Mr Mu­saiona Shotgame fac­ing charges of rape and de­lib­er­ate in­fec­tion of HIV.

He was not asked to plead and was re­manded in cus­tody to Fri­day.

The mag­is­trate ad­vised him to apply for bail at the High Court.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Ernest Muzembi said the sus­pect and the com­plainant were neighbours and he raped her for some months this year un­til the crime was re­ported to the po­lice early this month.

“From a pe­riod ex­tend­ing from March to Novem­ber the ac­cused per­son made com­plainant to have sex­ual in­ter­course with him sev­eral times with­out her con­sent. The com­plainant was in­fected with HIV due to the rape and the ac­cused threat­ened to kill the com­plainant if she ever re­vealed the mat­ter to anyone,” said Mr Muzembi.

“The mat­ter came to light when the com­plainant told her rel­a­tives that she had been sex­u­ally abused by the ac­cused per­son sev­eral times. The com­plainant’s rel­a­tives went on to con­front the ac­cused per­son but he threat­ened to kill them if they went to re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice.”

The court heard that the com­plainant’s rel­a­tives ac­com­pa­nied her to make a for­mal re­port to the po­lice, lead­ing to the sus­pect’s ar­rest.

The com­plainant was re­ferred to Gweru Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal where she was ex­am­ined and a med­i­cal re­port was com­piled show­ing that she was now HIV pos­i­tive. — @wyn­nezane

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