The Herald (Harare)

27 October 2012

Zimbabwe: Model Aborts, Burns Foetus With Lover

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Jail bar and cuffs

A SUPER model who reportedly connived with her boyfriend to terminate her pregnancy before burning the foetus in a rubbish bin, has appeared in court. Gamuchirai Maziva (25) - who was crowned Miss February Face of Zimbabwe this year - reportedly terminated the pregnancy with the assistance of her boyfriend Nyasha Maridadi (23).

The couple, both from Cranborne, Harare, allegedly burnt the foetus, which they later dumped at the Zimphos complex in Msasa.

They were not formally charged with unlawful termination of pregnancy when they appeared before Harare magistrate Mrs Olivia Mariga.

Ms Mariga remanded the duo to November 11 on US$100 bail each.

As part of their bail conditions, they were ordered to reside at their given address and report to the police.

Mrs Mariga also ordered the investigating officer to take Maziva to a medical doctor to ascertain whether she gave birth or not.

They are also facing a charge of contravening section 8 of the Burial and Cremation Act, which prohibits "Dumping of Bodies and Hindering of Burial'.

Prosecutor Mr Tungamirai Chakurira alleges that on September 15, Maziva connived with Maridadi to terminate her pregnancy.

After the abortion, the pair placed the foetus in a metal bin, which they carried to a bush within Zimphos complex where they dumped it, the court heard.

They allegedly set the bin's contents on fire and went away.

Witnesses who allegedly saw Maziva and Maridadi taking the bin to the bush went to the scene where they discovered a foetus among the burning rubbish.

A report was filed and investigations led to the pair's arrest.

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