A 24-YEAR-OLD Harare man, Delight Mutizwa, yesterday appeared at the Mbare Magistrates’ Court charged with assaulting his wife on New Year’s Eve after the latter opened the couple’s car window to let in fresh air as they travelled to Kadoma.
BY NQOBILE NKIWANE
The journey, according to State papers, was cut short as Mutizwa made a sudden U-turn and drove back to Harare after assaulting his wife, Wilmar Muronda, who apparently had opened the vehicle’s window despite the fact that her husband had switched on the car’s air-conditioning system.
Mutizwa pleaded not guilty to assault charges when he appeared before Mbare resident magistrate Anita Tshuma, who remanded him to next Monday on $100 bail.
Allegations against Mutizwa are that on December 31 last year, he was travelling to Kadoma with his wife when the two engaged in a quarrel over the opening of the vehicle’s window.
It is alleged Muronda asked Mutizwa to open one of the windows to which the latter objected and closed all the windows and instead, switched on the car’s aircon system, a move which angered Muronda, leading to an exchange of harsh words between the two.
As the couple continued arguing, Mutizwa allegedly started assaulting his wife with fists before making a sudden U-turn to Harare.
The State alleges when they got back to their home in Glen Norah, Mutizwa took his wife’s phone and locked her inside the house.
As a result of the alleged assault, Muronda is said to have sustained a swelling on her cheek and she reported the matter to the police, leading to her husband’s arrest.
Hilda Huni appeared for the State.