Son as­sault mum sen­tenced to 7 months

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube

A WOMAN from Bu­l­awayo has been sen­tenced to seven months in jail for as­sault­ing her 12-year-old son with an elec­tric cable all over the body and strik­ing him with a stiletto shoe tip on his head sev­eral times.

Noku­lunga Ncube (35) of Nketa 9 sub­urb ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube charged with ill-treat­ing her son who is in Grade Seven.

Ncube pleaded guilty to beat­ing up the boy for al­legedly steal­ing his sis­ter’s $1, 50 bus fare.

She said she as­saulted her son be­cause it was his sec­ond time to steal money.

“My child was be­com­ing a thief. Firstly, when he stole money, l warned him. The sec­ond time l be­came fu­ri­ous and that is the rea­son why l as­saulted him,” said Ncube The mag­is­trate said Ncube’s ac­tions were not moth­erly. “I don’t un­der­stand how some­one can be so cruel to their own chil­dren. In­stead of show­ing your child love and sup­port dur­ing his prepa­ra­tions for Grade Seven ex­am­i­na­tions, you pre­ferred to be a mon­ster,” said Ms Dube.

The mag­is­trate con­victed Ncube and sen­tenced her to seven months in jail.

She sus­pended two months on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Mu­faro Mageza said Ncube as­saulted her son af­ter she dis­cov­ered that he had stolen some money from the house.

“On Septem­ber 29 this year at around 6AM, the ac­cused per­son was look­ing for $1,50 which had gone miss­ing and she found it in the com­plainant’s satchel,” said Mr Mageza.

He said Ncube as­saulted the com­plainant with a green and yel­low elec­tric cable measuring 1,75m all over the body un­til he sus­tained some in­juries. She also struck him sev­eral times on the head with the tip of a stiletto shoe.

The mi­nor sus­tained whip marks all over the body and a med­i­cal re­port was pro­duced in court as an ex­hibit.

The mat­ter came to light when the boy’s teacher no­ticed some bruises and marks on his cheeks and asked what had hap­pened to him.

He nar­rated his or­deal to the teacher who called the ju­ve­nile’s fa­ther — who sep­a­rated with his mum — to the school.

The boy’s fa­ther con­fronted Ncube be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the po­lice to make a re­port, lead­ing to her ar­rest.— @ cyn­thi­amthembo1.

Noku­lunga Ncube

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