GOKWE- Two women in a polygamous marriage were last Friday sentenced to 140 hours of community service and ordered to restitute $50 each to a juvenile they assaulted for allegedly having an affair with their husband.
Abigirl Mafunga (22) and Chipo Maredza (24) of Nembudzia area under Chief Chireya pleaded guilty to assault charges when they appeared before Gokwe resident magistrate Shepard Mjanja.
The magistrate convicted and sentenced them to 10 months in jail.
One month of the sentence was suspended on condition they paid $50 restitution each to the complainant, a juvenile aged 17.
Five months were also suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.
The remaining four months were suspended on condition they performed 140 hours of community service at St Joseph Primary School.
The court heard that the juvenile works for Mafunga and Maredza as a tuck-shop cashier.
On October 30 at 5pm the two women went to the juvenile’s workplace where they ordered her to produce everything bought for her by their husband.
The girl produced a cellphone, clothes and shoes all worth $100.
Mafunga and Maredza took the property and burnt it.
It is the State case that they then took logs before they assaulted the juvenile all over the body. She sustained serious injuries.
A report was made to the police, leading to the arrest of the two.
When asked in court why they assaulted the girl, they said they found her and their husband in bed.
They added their husband had threatened to beat them forcing them to flee their home and seek refuge at their parents’ homes.
Mafunga and Maredza also claimed that when they returned to their matrimonial home, they found their husband in bed with the girl and that had angered them, leading to the assault they committed.