Log beat­ing for al­leged hus­band snatcher

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Richard Muponde

A GWANDA wo­man bru­tally as­saulted her hus­band’s girl­friend with a log and bit her on the arm and throat, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Lethiwe Ndlovu (30) went on a ram­page af­ter ac­cus­ing Ms Shupikai Mavhen­gere of snatch­ing her hus­band and co­hab­it­ing with him for three days.

Af­ter a neigh­bour saved a bleed­ing Ms Mavhen­gere from fur­ther as­sault, she ran to her house and locked her­self in­side.

Ndlovu fol­lowed, broke down the door and de­stroyed house­hold prop­erty.

Gwanda res­i­dent mag­is­trate, Mr Arafat Kon­zanai, con­victed Ndlovu of as­sault and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty, de­spite her plea of not guilty.

The mag­is­trate sen­tenced Ndlovu to 210 hours of com­mu­nity service at Phakama Clinic for as­sault and fined her $40 or 30 days im­pris­on­ment for ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty.

Pros­e­cu­tor, Mr Moses Gon­dongwe told the court that on May 19 at around 7PM, Ndlovu went to Mavhen­gere’s house in Hlalani Kuhle sub­urb.

“She ac­cused Mavhen­gere of snatch­ing her hus­band who had been miss­ing from home for three days.

“A mis­un­der­stand­ing arose be­tween the two and Ndlovu picked up a log which she used to as­sault Ms Mavhen­gere on the right hand caus­ing se­ri­ous in­juries,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

“She went on to bite her on the right arm and throat. Ms Mavhen­gere was only saved from fur­ther harm by Mr Mark Moyo, a neigh­bour who heard her scream­ing from a dis­tance and rushed to her res­cue.”

The court also heard how Ndlovu broke down the door while threat­en­ing to deal with Ms Mavhen­gere, af­ter she locked her­self in her house.

“The ac­cused went on to de­stroy Ms Mavhen­gere’s house­hold prop­erty. Af­ter the fra­cas, a po­lice re­port was made by Ms Mavhen­gere lead­ing to Ndlovu’s ar­rest,” said Mr Gon­dowe.

Ms Mavhen­gere, said the pros­e­cu­tor, was re­ferred to hos­pi­tal. A med­i­cal re­port in­di­cated that she had sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries on the right arm and the right side of the throat as a re­sult of the bit­ing.

It was not men­tioned in court whether Ndlovu’s hus­band was re­ally at Ms Mavhen­gere’s house or not.

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