Teacher charged with inducing pupil to abort


A teacher at an army camp school in Bulawayo was on Friday brought before the courts for allegedly inducing a 15-year-old pupil whom he had reportedly impregnated to commit abortion.

The teacher (25) was not asked to plead to charges of having been intimate with an underage girl and incitement to terminate pregnancy, when he briefly appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa.

He was remanded out of custody to October 26 on $100 bail.

Prosecutor Malvern Nzombe told the court that the teacher was in love with the minor, a pupil at his school, and the two had consensual sex.

Allegations are that sometime in May they met in the city centre at around 12 midday and the teacher booked a room at a lodge where he allegedly became intimate with the girl without protection but with her consent.

After the encounter, the girl missed her monthly periods for three months and she advised the teacher, who then suggested an abortion.

On September 30, the two lovebirds were on their way from school when the teacher gave the girl a pill and allegedly advised her to insert it into her private parts to induce abortion.

On the same day at around 11.30pm, the girl inserted the pill into her private parts and she started bleeding uncontrollably.

The matter came to light when her mother woke up to find stains of blood all over and the messed toilet seat.

She inquired from her daughter and was informed about the abortion and implicated the teacher.

The mother made a report to the police, leading to the arrest of the teacher.