Army of­fi­cer stabs wife over in­fi­delity

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Andile Tshuma Court Reporter

A ZIM­BABWE Na­tional Army of­fi­cer has been ar­raigned for stab­bing his wife af­ter a fight over in­fi­delity.

Mehluli Maseko (36), a Cor­po­ral at Field Reg­i­ment based in Mt Dar­win, ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube ini­tially charged with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The charge has since been al­tered to at­tempted mur­der ow­ing to his wife’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion.

Maseko pleaded guilty and was re­manded in cus­tody pend­ing a med­i­cal re­port.

He al­legedly stabbed his 23-year-old wife, Ms Sithobek­ile Ng­wenya, with a kitchen knife.

For the State, Mr Mu­faro Mageza said: “On Septem­ber 5 at around 10PM, the com­plainant got home and the ac­cused started ac­cus­ing her of in­fi­delity.”

Maseko al­legedly started throw­ing out Ng­wenya’s clothes and she at­tempted to en­ter the spare bed­room.

“A mis­un­der­stand­ing erupted and the ac­cused per­son took a kitchen knife and stabbed her once in the stom­ach. The com­plainant tried to block the knife when Maseko in­tended to stab her for the sec­ond time. How­ever, she was stabbed on the right palm,” said Mr Mageza.

He said Maseko ac­ci­den­tally stabbed him­self on the right knee.

Mr Mageza said Ms Ng­wenya sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries and was fer­ried to hos­pi­tal in an am­bu­lance.

He said a med­i­cal re­port is not yet out as the com­plainant is still ad­mit­ted in hos­pi­tal. Maseko later handed him­self over to the po­lice. In a warned and cau­tioned state­ment, Ms Ng­wenya de­nied hav­ing a lover and said she had been with her hus­band’s sis­ter.

“I do not know what he was talk­ing about. I was with aunt ( Maseko’s sis­ter), and he did not want to hear that or be­lieve it. I had spent the day with his sis­ter,” she said. — @andile_t­shuma

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