By Simbarashe Sithole
A 26-YEAR-OLD Mutoko man is currently nursing injuries sustained from a thrashing he received from his ex-wife and mother-in-law after he stormed their homestead demanding his property, which had been taken by his former wife.
Vitalis Kangoma (26) of Musokuwaya village under Chief Chimoyo, Mutoko, brought his ex-wife Rasina Chaparapata (23) and her mother Fungisai Chaparapata before the courts to face assault charges.
The duo pleaded guilty to the charge before Mutoko magistrate Batanai Madzingira, who slapped them with ten months jail term each.
Public prosecutor Nathan Mujuru told the court that on Workers’ Day, at around 5pm, Kangoma stormed the Chaparapata homestead demanding his property that had been taken by his estranged wife.
Upon arrival, he was confronted by his former mother-in-law and a scuffle arose. The ex-wife grabbed Kangoma by the collar and her mother joined the fight, picking a farm brick and stoning the complainant on the head.
Kangoma fell down and his former wife sat on top of him and assaulted him with a brick, while her mother picked a log, which she used to assault him several times all over the body.
The complainant suffered multiple lacerations on the forehead, bruises, swelling on the left side of the face and a swollen nasal bridge.
In sentencing the convicts, the magistrate took into consideration that the two were first offenders who ought to be treated with leniency, hence suspended five months of their sentences on condition of good behaviour and an additional five months were commuted to 175 hours of community service.