Zimbabwe: Fifth HIV-related criminal prosecution in two years


Husband in dock for infecting wife with HIV

February 5, 2014
Source: Herald

A 42-year old Hatcliffe man is accused of deliberately infecting his pregnant wife with HIV. It is alleged the man told his wife and her family that he concealed his status in order to save his marriage. Yesterday the man appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe charged with deliberate transmission of HIV and was remanded out of custody to February 19.

Prosecutor Miss Sharon Mashavira alleges that on December 18 last year, the man’s wife went to Hatcliffe Polyclinic where she tested HIV-positive. A family meeting was convened sometime in February this year to discuss the issue. It was there, the court heard, that the man admitted to concealing his HIV status from his wife as he feared she would leave him. It is further alleged that from then, the man assaulted and insulted his wife while bragging that he had achieved his mission of impregnating and infecting her with HIV. He later chased his wife away telling her to go back to her rural home.