By Tarisai Machakaire
HARARE – A 21-year-old Mandara woman has dragged her ex-boyfriend to court for deliberately infecting her with gonorrhea.
Francis Chipato, 26, was charged with deliberate infection of another with sexually transmitted diseases when he appeared before Harare magistrate Fadzai Mtombeni.
The matter was remanded to January 20 for trial.
Prosecutor Tungamirai Muganhiri alleged that on June 3 this year, the complainant suffered an unusual diarrhoea but ignored it only to visit Highlands Clinic on June 7, where medication was administered.
Nurses at the clinic told her they suspected she could have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI) because her privates emitted a putrid odour, the court heard.
It is the State’s case that on June 10, the woman had a medical examination and was told she had contracted an STI.
She reportedly informed Chipato but he brushed aside the issue.
The couple engaged in protected sex the following day, the court heard.
Complainant later visited her gynecologist and was diagnosed with gonorrhea.
She later had a miscarriage because of the STI.
The complainant alleged Chipato knew about his condition because he had been treated of gonorrhea at Edith Opperman Clinic together with his other girlfriend, Rudo.
She said Chipato admitted seeking treatment at the clinic after she confronted him over the issue, with the boyfriend alleging it was Rudo who had caused the infection.
The matter was reported to the police leading to Chipato’s arrest. Daily News