Preg­nant teen ar­rested over stab­bing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A 19-YEAR-OLD preg­nant woman from Bulil­ima District has been ar­rested for stab­bing a neigh­bour af­ter ac­cus­ing her of influencing her in­jiva boyfriend to dump her.

Nak­iso Nde­bele, who is three months preg­nant, stabbed Ms Sithokozile Lu­pahla (23) on her arm. Nde­bele was yes­ter­day con­victed on her own plea of guilty to as­sault by Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon.

She was sen­tenced to nine months im­pris­on­ment, but three months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that she does not com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence in the next five years.

Six months were fur­ther sus­pended on con­di­tion that she per­forms 210 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at Tje­hanga Pri­mary School.

Nde­bele said her boyfriend who works in South Africa re­cently dumped her af­ter Ms Lu­pahla in­ter­fered with their re­la­tion­ship.

“I’m three months preg­nant but my boyfriend dumped me be­cause of my neigh­bour. She lied to him and told him that I was in love with an­other guy. She did all of this so that she could have my man.

“When I learnt about this I was fu­ri­ous be­cause it was all a lie and now my boyfriend has dumped me while I’m car­ry­ing his baby,” she said.

Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said on July 19 at around 8AM, Nde­bele went to Ms Lu­pahla’s home and con­fronted her about the al­leged in­ter­fer­ence.

She said a mis­un­der­stand­ing arose be­tween the two women and they started fight­ing. Nde­bele drew a knife and stabbed her neigh­bour on her right arm.

“Nde­bele told Lu­pahla that her boyfriend had dumped her and blamed her for her mis­for­tune,” said Sibanda.

She said Ms Lu­pahla was taken to Plumtree District Hospi­tal for treat­ment and the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice re­sult­ing in Nde­bele’s ar­rest — @ DubeMatutu.

car which Chipan­gura had dumped in Gweru’s CBD.

Asst Insp Muk­wende said Chipan­gura was not seen since that day.

“We ap­peal to the mem­bers of the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of Chipan­gura to con­tact De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Magocha on 0772818285 or Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ncube on 0773197284 or any near­est po­lice sta­tion,” she said.

Asst Insp Muk­wende ad­vised busi­ness peo­ple to de­posit large sums of money into their bank ac­counts to avoid such un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances — @ patiemt­siwi.

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