Man stabs in-law for ‘au­tho­ris­ing’ sis­ter af­fair

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Florence Ncube Chron­i­cle Re­porter

A MAN from Vic­to­ria Falls flew into a rage and stabbed his brother in-law five times af­ter ac­cus­ing him of “au­thouris­ing” his sis­ter’s love af­fair.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore Vic­to­ria Falls Mag­is­trate Ms Lindiwe Maphosa, Nh­lalo Moyo (30) of Chi­dobe vil­lage pleaded guilty to an as­sault charge.

He was sen­tenced to 12 months im­pris­on­ment and three months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that he does not com­mit a sim­i­lar crime within five years. Mr Takunda Ndovorwi rep­re­sented the state. The com­plainant, Mr Lizuba Mb­hab­hathizi is a brother to Moyo’s wife. The court heard that Moyo dis­cov­ered that his sis­ter was hav­ing an af­fair with one Mh­lengi Moyo and his brother-in-law was said to have “au­thourised” the af­fair.

It was not stated in court whether Moyo’s sis­ter who was at the cen­tre of the stab­bing was mar­ried or not.

Moyo told the court that he was drunk when he went to search for Mr Mb­hab­hathizi at around 2AM on Novem­ber 14.

He found him at a bar in Chi­dobe and the two re­port­edly got into an al­ter­ca­tion over why the com­plainant had al­lowed Moyo’s sis­ter to get into a re­la­tion­ship with­out his per­mis­sion.

“On the 14th day of Novem­ber 2016 at around 0200hours, the ac­cused pro­ceeded to Chi­dobe Gen­eral Dealer in Vic­to­ria Falls where he found the com­plainant seated,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

“Ac­cused then pro­duced a knife from his pocket and went on to stab the com­plainant once in­side the right palm, on the right fore­fin­ger, on the left in­dex fin­ger, on the back of the left up­per arm and on the back of the left shoul­der us­ing the knife.”

Mr Ndovorwi said the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice and Mr Mb­hab­hathizi was re­ferred to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Asked by the mag­is­trate why he had com­mit­ted the crime, Moyo said he was only try­ing to de­fend him­self from his brother in law who was ap­par­ently beat­ing him up. “I stabbed him be­cause he was get­ting too close to me as we were fight­ing and I had to find a way to es­cape,” said Moyo.

Be­fore the mag­is­trate could pass the sen­tence, Moyo begged the court to fine him say­ing the com­plainant had for­given him. “My fam­ily and my in-laws sat down to talk about this is­sue. We have solved our prob­lems and ev­ery­thing is back to nor­mal,” he said.

Ms Maphosa told him that if there was any­thing that the com­plainant wished to say per­tain­ing to the case he would have re­layed it through the pros­e­cu­tor and what­ever Moyo had told the court was not go­ing to be taken into ac­count. She sen­tenced him to an ef­fec­tive nine months in jail. — @hur­ri­cane­floe

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