A 56-year-old Mwenezi man recently went berserk, bashing his wife’s boyfriend after finding out that he allegedly had been receiving goodies from his wife, including money and grain from the family’s reserves.
Aleck Maphosa of Elijah village under Chief Mazetese appeared before magistrate Honest Musiiwa charged with assault, and pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting his wife’s alleged boyfriend, Morrison Machuve.
Maphosa was sentenced to six months behind bars which were wholly set aside on condition that he performed 210 hours of community service at Firidzi Primary School.
Asked by the magistrate why he committed the offence, Maphosa said he was angered that Machuve was not only taking his wife but the material products of his hard work too.
“Machuve is my wife’s boyfriend and I once dragged him to the village court over the offence. What angered me on the day in question is that I realised that besides being given some money by my wife, I also learnt that Machuve was given a sizeable quantity of sorghum for free,” said Maphosa.
Representing the State, prosecutor Angelinah Makonya, however, told the court that on July 19 at Firidzi business centre, Maphosa approached the complainant, asking him why he bought some sorghum from his wife without his approval.
Machuve told Maphosa that it was rather his wife who approached him, selling the sorghum. This did not go down well with Maphosa who began to assault the complainant with open hands and fists.
The complainant sustained some body injuries and was referred to the hospital.
A police report was later made leading to Maphosa’s arrest.