Dou­ble cross­ing teacher jailed for wife bat­tery

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

A GWANDA High School teacher has been sen­tenced to two years in prison for bru­tally as­sault­ing his wife af­ter she caught him with a small house.

Njab­ulo Ndlovu (36) was caught by his wife Ms Sen­ziwe Mafu (33) with his new found love at the cou­ple’s mat­ri­mo­nial home in Mat­shet­sheni area.

He went berserk and as­saulted her leav­ing her ly­ing in a pool of blood, be­fore driv­ing off with his mis­tress to Gwanda town.

Ms Mafu suf­fered per­ma­nent dis­abil­ity due to the as­sault.

Ndlovu, who was an English teacher at the school, pleaded not guilty to phys­i­cal abuse but Gwanda res­i­dent mag­is­trate, Miss No­magugu Ncube, con­victed him and sen­tenced him to 24 months in prison.

Miss Ncube con­di­tion­ally sus­pended four months for five years, leav­ing Ndlovu with an ef­fec­tive 20 months to serve.

She said Ndlovu’s moral blame­wor­thi­ness was too high and a de­ter­rent sen­tence was ap­pro­pri­ate in the case.

“What ag­gra­vates this case is that you in­ten­tion­ally as­saulted your wife and left her with per­ma­nent in­juries as stated in the med­i­cal re­port. The court also con­sid­ered the fact that she’s now walk­ing aided by crutches. Your case is more of an at­tempted mur­der and not of phys­i­cal abuse, there­fore giv­ing a com­mu­nity ser­vice sen­tence will be triv­i­al­is­ing it. The sen­tence ought to set an ex­am­ple to other peo­ple out there,” said Miss Ncube.

Charges against Ndlovu are that on June 5 this year, at around 1PM, he left his wife at their mat­ri­mo­nial home at Gwanda High School staff cot­tages af­ter in­di­cat­ing that he was go­ing into the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict for busi­ness.

Later in the day, Ms Mafu pro­ceeded to their stand in Mat­shet­sheni to check progress as the home­stead was un­der con­struc­tion.

She found her hus­band hav­ing a nice time with his mis­tress and Ndlovu locked his un­named lover in the house.

A mis­un­der­stand­ing arose be­tween Ndlovu and Ms Mafu as she de­manded that he opens the door.

In a fit of rage, Mafu picked a stone and broke a win­dow.

Ndlovu pushed his wife to the ground and hit her sev­eral times with fists on the head and bashed her against a stone and a pil­lar.

He then took his mis­tress into the car and they drove off leav­ing his wife for dead.

A passerby spot­ted Ms Mafu ly­ing un­con­scious and took her to hos­pi­tal where she was ad­mit­ted.

As a re­sult of the in­juries, Ms Mafu was un­able to pass urine. — @richardmuponde.

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