A soldier who poured paraffin on his pre_gnant girlfriend before setting her ablaze during an altercation was on Tuesday slapped with seven years’ imprisonment.
Trust Mugari, 29, was convicted of attempted murder before Harare regional magistrate Lucy Mungwari.
Mungwari sentenced Mugari to seven years before suspending two years on condition of good behaviour.
His girlfriend, Pamela Dhliwayo, 30, survived the attack after her sister who was present during the incident poured a bucket of water on her to douse the fire.
However, she allegedly lost the pregnancy.
Prosecutor Ephraim Zinyandu proved that on September 18 last year around 4pm Dhliwayo and her sister Natasha went to Mugari’s friend (Wonder)’s residence looking for him.
When they arrived, Wonder’s wife was at the house and they were told that Mugari was not present.
They returned home and that night Mugari and Wonder barged into Dhliwayo’s house and began assaulting her.
Mugari and friend queried why she had gone looking for him at Wonder’s house saying it was embarrassing.
Wonder joined in the attack and assisted his friend to assault Dhliwayo and only left for his home later but Mugari continued attacking the victim.
Mugari began demanding his army uniform and went outside the house waiting for Dhliwayo to hand it over to him.
While Dhliwayo was looking for the uniform, Wonder returned to the house claiming he had lost his cellphone and cap during the fracas and ransacked the room searching for it but could not find the items.
Mugari removed his belt and bashed the woman before reaching for a paraffin stove and poured the fuel over Dhliwayo’s body before setting her ablaze.
He then sat and watched at a distance in the house while Dhliwayo burned and screamed for help.
Dhliwayo’s sister came with a bucket of water and poured it on her to douse the fire but she had sustained third degree burns.
When Mugari realised the extent of injuries sustained by Dhliwayo, he left the room and jumped over a precast wall to avoid arrest.
Dhliwayo was taken to Parirenyatwa Hospital where she was detained in intensive care and treated for the multiple burns sustained on the upper part of her body.