'HIV syringe' model not guilty, both model and child not positive

'HIV syringe' model not guilty, both model and child not positive
Published: 2016 March 02 20:00:39 (11476 Views)
A 24-year-old model who had been accused of using a syringe to draw her own HIV infected blood and injecting a two-year-old boy, the son of her new boyfriend with another woman has been vindicated.

Tafadzwa Mushunje's life was turned upside down after she was arrested and charged with deliberately transmitting HIV to the toddler and assault for allegedly making the boy drink her urine.

Harare Magistrates Court's Prosecutor General's Office withdrew charges following the release of medical tests showing that neither she nor the child were HIV positive.

Mushunje was arrested after the boy's mother, Sihle Tracy Harry, went to the police claiming that she had left the tot with its father, Colin Kanonge, who was in the company of Mushunje. The boy had been returned to her with "strange marks".



She told investigators that she had received information from a friend, pointing her to a link on a notorious and highly defamatory sex and sleaze website called Musvo Zimbabwe, which claimed that "Mushunje assaulted the child whenever his father left the minor with her."

The website added: "When the father was away, Mushunje drew HIV infected blood and injected the child… She beats the child saying return to your mother and makes him drink her urine."

It was after reading these claims, said prosecutors, that Harry linked the report to the marks on the child.

Police went on to arrest Mushunje even before they could establish if indeed she was HIV positive, and that she had indeed infected the child with the virus that causes AIDS.

No other evidence, including the syringe allegedly used, or injection marks on the child, was produced for prosecutors before charges were filed.



Source - Chronicle

Tags: HIV, injection, syringe,
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