- Category: News
- Published on 11 February 2014
A Masvingo student contracted a sexually transmitted infection after having unprotected sex with an infected partner and stole a laptop from a fellow student in a bod to get his STI cured.
25-year-old Wellington Mapato, a student at Masvingo Polytechnic, allegedly sneaked into Isheanesu Dube's room at the college after gaining access to spare keys on 27 January 2013.
The sexually transmitted infection-stricken man then stole his colleague's Dell laptop and rushed to Masvingo city centre. He is said to have approached a dealer who offered to buy his 'product' for US$170 and the two completed the transaction.
When the man returned from town, Dube already recognised the unavailability of his laptop and Mapato was his prime suspect. The accused initially professed ignorance over the whereabouts of the laptop, and this forced Dube to report the matter to the police.
Some 'thorough' investigations conducted by police officers forced Mapato to eventually tell the truth. This led to his immediate arrest and subsequent appearance in court before Masvingo magistrate Timeon Makunde facing charges of theft and unlawful entry.
He pleaded guilty to the charges and begged for the court's mercy saying he was suffering from a sexually transmitted disease.
"I have a terrible sexually transmitted infection Your Worship. I wanted to raise money for medication so I can get treatment," he said.
The was remanded in custody to 14 February for sentencing.