A man has been sentenced to 315 hours of community service for assaulting his wife after she had an altercation with his sister-in-law whom she suspected of being in an illicit affair with him.
Nyasha Chandaona (29) appeared before Masvingo magistrate Candice Kaseke facing charges of domestic violence as defined in Section 3 (1) (a) as read with Section 4 (1) of Domestic Violence Act Chapter 05:16.
Chandaona pleaded guilty to the charges but said he was trying to refrain his wife from fighting his brother’s wife, Anymore Matongo.
“I was not expecting it, it just happened as I was trying to refrain her,” said Chandaona.
It was the State’s case that on February 11 in village Mutenda, under Chief Shumba at around 17:00 hrs, the accused visited his brother’s house where Anymore served him a meal.
The accused’s wife Shamiso Munyuki (25) suspected the two were seeing each other so she confronted Anyomre at Mutendi business centre and a fight started.
The accused arrived at the scene and started assaulting his wife with clenched fists several times.
A neighbor identified as Pamela Mazenyana restrained him and the complainant reported the matter to the police.
Malvern Mapako represented the state.