A 21-year-old suspected hermaphrodite from Gokwe North, who is facing rape charges, is giving police a torrid time after his private parts "mysteriously changed" to female sex organs during medical examinations meant to ascertain the crime.
A hermaphrodite is a human being who has both male and female organs.
The person only identified as Ruben and also known as Abigail, of Nembudziya Business Centre in Gokwe North, is being accused of having sex with a girl, 13, on several occasions.
National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed that police were investigating a case in which a person suspected to have both sex organs was being accused of having sex with a minor.
"I can confirm that police are investigating a case in which a 21-year-old person suspected to have both male and female sexual organs was being accused of having sex with a minor. The incident occurred on August 3 where a 13-year-old girl alleged that she visited the person and spent a night at the suspect's house and the two indulged in sex several times during the night.
"The matter came to light when the girl returned home on the following morning and was quizzed by her relatives for not returning home the previous night. The girl revealed that she had spent the night at the suspect's house and the two had sex," he said.
Chief Supt Nyathi said the matter was reported to the police leading to the suspect's arrest.
He alleged that investigations established that the suspect had two sex organs.
Chief Supt Nyathi said the suspect and the complainant went for medical tests where it emerged that the suspect now only had female genitals.
"We are still investigating the matter and we are inviting medical experts to find out what could have happened. The medical reports revealed that the girl had been sexually abused," he said.
Sources in Nembudzyia said the suspect uses two names Ruben and Abigail.
They said he would use the name Ruben when interacting with women while he would use Abigail when interacting with men.
Our news crew is reliably informed that the suspect grew up with both sex organs.
The police are allegedly in a dilemma after the matter could not be heard before Gokwe magistrates' courts due to the circumstances surrounding the case.