MPANDAWANA – Mavis Kweteza (28) of Chinasire village under Chief Mataruse was recently sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, with six months of the sentence conditionally suspended after she was convicted for pouring hot water on her husband whom she suspected of cheating.
She was charged for contravening Section 3(1) (a) of the Domestic Violence Act Chapter 5:16 ‘Physical Abuse’.
State facts were that on October 26, 2018 at around 18:00 hours, Kweteza saw a picture of her husband William Matenga’s alleged former girlfriend in his memory card.
A misunderstanding arose between the two and Kweteza prevented Matenga from going to work.
On December 06, at around 11:00 hours, Matenga managed to go to Harare to look for some piece jobs to do and he came back home on December 25.
The following morning, at around 06:30 hours, while Matenga was sleeping, Kweteza poured hot water on his back. When he stood up, she then poured again hot water on his chest and right leg. The matter was reported to the police leading to Kweteza’s arrest.
When asked by magistrate Victor Mahamadi why she committed the offence, Kweteza said she was angry with him and she did it as a way of punishing him.
“I was not amused by what had happened. I did that out of anger to punish him not knowing I was committing a serious offence,” said Kweteza
Kudakwashe Muza represented the State.