MWENEZI - A 47-year-old jealousy man from Mwenezi assaulted and seriously injured his wife because another man had proposed love to her, the Mwenezi Magistrates' Court heard last week.
Tafara Nyaku of Zvirikure village under Chief Neshuro was convicted on his own plea of guilty. He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment six of which were conditionally suspended. The remaining 12 months were set aside on condition that he performed 420 hours of community service at Zvirikure Primary School.
Honest Musiiwa said a lengthy custodial sentence could still have been appropriate but the court opted for non-custodial sentence so that the injured victim could still have somebody to assist her.
Nyaku told the court he was drunk on the day in question and had acted violently in anger because there was a man who had proposed love to his wife.
State facts as argued by prosecutor Willard Chasi are that sometime in January at around 16:00 hrs, Nyaku had a misunderstanding with his wife Prisca Ndoro after she asked him why he was not paying bride lobola for her.
The question angered Nyaku who responded by assaulting Ndoro with open hands several times.
He also took a log and struck her thrice on the shoulder, resulting in Ndoro sustaining a fractured left hand during the assault.
Ndoro was taken to Neshuro District Hospital for treatment. A police report was made to the police leading to Nyaku's arrest.local