‘Small house at­tack­ers’ in dock with ba­bies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tanaka Mrewa

THREE women from Bu­l­awayo’s Mag­wegwe North have been ar­rested for al­legedly as­sault­ing and strip­ping their neigh­bour whom they sus­pected to be dat­ing a hus­band to one of them.

One of the sus­pects recorded the at­tack that left Nom­cebo Maphosa (21) in­jured. They al­legedly as­saulted her with fists to­gether with an ac­com­plice who is at large, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Two of the women were car­ry­ing their ba­bies in the dock yes­ter­day.

S i b ong i s i w e Moyo (25), Sicelo Moyo (19) and S amant h a Dun­geni (21) are fac­ing as­sault and in­de­cent as­sault charges.

Si­bongi­siswe pleaded guilty to both charges. The other two women pleaded guilty to as­sault but de­nied that they stripped Maphosa and recorded a video of the scene. Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndlovu re­manded the trio out of cus­tody to Mon­day. “I am only re­mand­ing you out of cus­tody be­cause you have in­fant chil­dren and you claim you have no one to leave them with but with the de­vi­ous act you did you de­serve to go to prison. Make sure when you come back you find peo­ple to at­tend to your chil­dren while you stand trial,” said Mr Ndlovu. Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Ma­gret Takawira, said the trio went t o Maphosa’s house and dragged her out­side her yard. “The three ac­cused per­sons, in com­pany of one more who is still at large, as­saulted the com­plainant al­leg­ing that she was hav­ing an affair with one of the ac­cused’s hus­band. They hit her with fists all over the body and she sus­tained in­juries,” said Ms Takawira. “Ac­cused per­sons stripped com­plainant of her clothes chant­ing that she is a pros­ti­tute. One of them recorded a video of the scene.” — @tan­nytkay

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