A 23-year-old Hwange woman who suffered massive complications after terminating a pregnancy was arrested on her hospital bed after the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers pounced on her following a police report.
The woman, Shyleen Ncube, 23, of Shangano village in Dete was arrested on Saturday at St Patrick’s Hospital in Hwange where she is currently admitted. She was charged with unlawful termination of pregnancy but is yet to appear in court.
According to reports from NewZimbabwe, Ncube unlawfully terminated her pregnancy and then buried the fetus in a shallow grave near her house. She later fell ill after the unsafe abortion procedure. She was then rushed to the hospital for immediate medical attention.
She was only arrested after a herd boy came across the grave and alerted the woman’s mother-in-law about what he had discovered. The woman’s mother in law, Sitshengisiwe Ncube informed the police who then launched an investigation.
An excerpt from the police report reads:
A herdboy Alton Sibanda saw the grave as he was driving goats from a maize field,” read the police report. He informed Sitshengisiwe Ncube and the two went to the shallow grave where they saw bloodied footprints and followed them.
The footprints led them to the accused’s homestead but found that she had already been rushed to the hospital after she developed complications.
Police were tipped about the suspected terminated pregnancy and went to the area on 21 March police to investigate.
The mother-in-law led them to a maize field where the shallow grave was and later to the accused’s homestead which is at the end of the field.
Police dug the baby which was wrapped in a piece of cloth. The baby was taken to Hwange Colliery Hospital mortuary.