HARARE Civil Court magistrate Trevor Nyatsanza yesterday presided over a matter where a woman accused her husband of routinely dipping a cooking stick into her private parts to “check” if she had indulged in sexual encounters with other men.
by TINASHE SIBANDA
The woman, whose identity has been withheld, shocked other litigants in court when she revealed that her husband, Everson Godhini, was in the habit of physically abusing her and accusing her of messing up their family toilet.
The woman took the matter to the civil court seeking a protection order against her husband.
In her submission, the woman also accused Godhini of having an extra-marital affair with another woman who at one point also assaulted her with the help of her friends.
“He sometimes assaults me to the extent of choking me and I have even reported him to the police on several times and they now know him for that.
“Apparently, I continue to stay with him because he begs me to stay,” she told the court.
The woman also told the court that Godhini sometimes orders their children to lock her outside her matrimonial home while calling her all sorts of names and even labelling her a thief.
However, Godhini denied the allegations telling the magistrate that they only had an argument once following an incident where she left home at around 3pm claiming to have gone to attend a church service and returned home around 7pm.
He said he later seized her phone to check who she had been communicating with and that the move did not go down well with her as she became aggressive.
This, Godhini said, was after he had seen a text message where the sender had called his wife “honey” and also informing her that he was at the meeting place they had agreed.
“When I asked her who this was she was defensive and told me that at least she did whatever she did away from our matrimonial home,” Godhini said.
The court ruled in the woman’s favour and granted her the protection order.