Community service for assaulting pregnant wife


A 28-YEAR-OLD Harare man was on Thursday sentenced to perform 140 hours of community service at Tamuka Primary School after being convicted of assaulting his pregnant wife, whom he accused of delaying in opening the door for him last Sunday.


Albert Musiiwa had initially been sentenced to a seven-month prison term, three of which were suspended on condition of good behaviour and the remaining four on condition he performs the community service.

Musiiwa pleaded guilty to the assault charge when he appeared before Mbare magistrate Gladys Moyo.


Allegations against Musiiwa were that on the day in question, and in the morning, he arrived at his Hopley Farm home and upon entering the house, he assaulted his wife, Nolet Musvosva, with fists and claps.

The court heard Musiiwa told Musvosva that he was beating her because she had delayed in responding to his knock.

Asked why he had committed the offence, Musiiwa told the court that he had beaten Musvosva after finding their door secured with a bolt.

The court further heard Musiiwa went on to knock the door, but Musvosva did not open, forcing him to go and sleep at a friend’s place.

Musiiwa further told the court the following morning when he went back to his residence, he discovered the bolt had been removed and Musvosva opened the door without delay.

“When I knocked in the morning, she was quick to open the door, prompting me to wonder why she had ignored my knock the previous night.” Musiiwa said.

“That is when I beat her up.”

Fanuel Madanhire appeared for the State.


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