Man loses fin­gers in love tri­an­gle fight

The Manica Post - - Local News - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Cor­re­spon­dent

A LOVE tri­an­gle turned nasty af­ter a Mozam­bi­can na­tional (49) vi­ciously at­tacked a Chipinge man with a ma­chete re­sult­ing in him los­ing his fin­gers.

Matewu Sibanda from Chief Makuyana’s area of Mozam­bique ap­peared in court on Tues­day fac­ing as­sault charges as de­fined in Sec­tion 89 (1) (a) of the Crim­i­nal Law (Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form) Act, Chap­ter 9:23.

He was con­victed of his own guilty plea when he ap­peared be­fore se­nior Chipinge mag­is­trate Mr Noah Gwatidzo and was sen­tenced to five years.

He will, how­ever, serve four years af­ter a year of his sen­tence was sus­pended for the next five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

On De­cem­ber 18 at around 5am, the com­plainant, Farai Maunze (35), went to Sylvia Muisa’s home­stead and found Sibanda in­side the house.

Since Muisa was his lover, Maunze was of­fended by dis­cov­er­ing that his lover was hav­ing qual­ity time with an­other man. He pro­ceeded to ask Sibanda why he was co­hab­it­ing with Muisa and a mis­un­der­stand­ing en­sued.

Af­ter a heated ex­change of words, Sibanda went out­side and picked up a ma­chete which was in the yard. He went on to strike Maunze sev­eral times on his hands.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Wit­ness Nya­mun­daya said: “De­spite his best ef­forts to evade Sibanda’s at­tack, Maunze lost two fin­gers in the process. As the at­tacks be­came more vi­cious, Maunze ran for dear life, call­ing for help from neigh­bours.”

He later re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice and in­ves­ti­ga­tions led to the ar­rest of Sibanda.

Maunze was treated at Rusitu Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal.

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