Chipinge man in­fects ju­ve­nile with HIV

The Manica Post - - Local News - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Cor­re­spon­dent

MAR­RY­ING a 15-year-old ju­ve­nile and in­fect­ing her with HIV landed a 27-yearold Chipinge man in trou­ble.

Paul Mukushwa ap­peared be­fore Chipinge mag­is­trate, Mr Poterai Gwezhira, last week, fac­ing charges of bed­ding a mi­nor as well as de­lib­er­ately in­fect­ing her with HIV.

He pleaded guilty to the charge of bed­ding a mi­nor and de­nied in­fect­ing her with HIV.

In his sub­mis­sion, Mukushwa said he never forced the com­plainant into mar­riage as she had con­sented to his pro­posal.

Mukushwa said he never de­lib­er­ately in­fected her with HIV since he was never di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease.

“Your Wor­ship, the com­plainant is my wife and we agreed to set­tle to­gether with the bless­ings of her par­ents.

“I deny in­fect­ing her with HIV since I have never tested pos­i­tive to the dis­ease,” said Mukushwa

It was the State’s case led by Mr Wit­ness Nya­mun­daya that on an un­known date, but dur­ing the month of Septem­ber last year, Mukushwa who stays at New Year’s Gift Es­tates pro­posed love to the com­plainant and she ac­cepted.

“On De­cem­ber 25 at around 8pm, Mukushwa lured the com­plainant to his com­pound where he sweet-talked her into mar­ry­ing him. The com­plainant agreed to stay with him.

“The ac­cused was in­ti­mate with the com­plainant sev­eral times un­til Fe­bru­ary when Mukushwa started show­ing dis­in­ter­est in her,” said Mr Nya­mun­daya.

He added: “Mukushwa chased away the com­plainant from his com­pound. She went back to in­form her mother about the devel­op­ment.”

Mr Nya­mun­daya said on April 25, the mother ac­com­pa­nied her daugh­ter to ZRP Chipinge Ru­ral Po­lice Sta­tion where she made a re­port.

“On the same day, the com­plainant was re­ferred to Chipinge District

Hos­pi­tal where she was med­i­cally ex­am­ined by Dr Muchi­wok­ufa, aGov ern­ment med­i­cal of­fi­cer who con­firmed that the com­plainant was HIV pos­i­tive. He also con­firmed that the ju­ve­nile was sex­u­ally ac­tive,” said Mr Nya­mun­daya.

Mukushwa was re­manded out of cus­tody.

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