Woman up for sav­age as­sault on 10-year-old

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Re­porter

A WOMAN from Bu­l­awayo’s En­tum­bane suburb al­legedly stoned her neigh­bour’s 10-year-old daugh­ter, slammed her against a wall and punched her for mak­ing her son cry while they were play­ing.

The girl bled in­ter­nally and doctors said she could de­velop a chronic headache.

Gra­cious Machin­gura (32) yes­ter­day pleaded not guilty to a charge of as­sault.

Western Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate Mr Abed­nico Nde­bele re­manded Machin­gura out of cus­tody on free bail to Au­gust 5.

Machin­gura asked for de­fer­ment of trial, say­ing she did not un­der­stand a med­i­cal re­port that was pre­sented as ev­i­dence in court.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mrs Char­ity Ny­athi said: “Machin­gura hit her neigh­bour’s daugh­ter with a stone, as­saulted her with fists on the head and hit her against a wall.

“Com­plainant ac­ci­den­tally bumped into ac­cused’s son while they were play­ing and they fell. Med­i­cal re­port at­tained proved that com­plainant sus­tained se­vere in­juries. There was in­ter­nal bleed­ing that can cause con­stant headaches,” said Mrs Ny­athi.

Machin­gura told the court that she did not as­sault her neigh­bour’s daugh­ter.

“Your Wor­ship I never laid a hand on that child. My neigh­bour’s daugh­ter tripped my son with her foot caus­ing him to fall. My son cried then I drew closer but she fled. As she was run­ning she fell and hit against a du­rawall. That’s how she sus­tained those in­juries,” said Machin­gura.

“We haven’t been liv­ing peace­fully with my neigh­bours. I sus­pect they told their chil­dren to beat my child. This feud has been ex­is­tent since five years ago. I di­vorced with my hus­band be­cause of them.”

Machin­gura said her neigh­bours used to shout from their house that her hus­band should beat her and leave her.

“They were jeal­ous of my mar­riage. They caused my hus­band to beat me un­til he left. They said I was not wor­thy to be a civil ser­vant’s wife be­cause I was unem­ployed. Now I live alone be­cause of them,” she said.

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