Father rapes, infects daugher with HIV

A 52-YEAR-OLD Pumula man has been arraigned before the courts facing allegations of raping his own daughter twice and infecting her with HIV.

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The man appeared before Western Commonage provincial magistrate Willard Mafios Moyo on Friday, where he was charged with contravening Section 65 of Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

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He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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However, he was remanded in custody to January 30 for continuation of trial.

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“I never raped my daughter. My wife and I are currently not in good books, so it is a way of getting back at me,” he said.

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The man reportedly raped his 17-year-old daughter on two occasions. On the first count, he allegedly asked his daughter to sweep her brother’s bedroom and he later followed and raped her once.

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On the second count, the man approached his daughter as she was sleeping on the floor with her younger brother and asked her to join him in bed and she complied.

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On both counts, the juvenile did not report the case to anyone until she visited her mother and told her what was happening.

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The mother said that she was disheartened to hear such news and she immediately reported the matter to the police.

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“How can someone who knows he is HIV-positive rape his daughter and infect her?” she asked.

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“I am so hurt, I wish the justice system will do its best to deal with such inhumanity in our communities.”

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Mufaro Mageza prosecuted. – Southerneye