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Soldier convicted for beating wife

Cephas Shava
MWENEZI- A Chipinge-based
soldie recently appeared in the Mwenezi Magistrates’ Court and was found guilty
of assaulting his wife using a belt.
Wellington
Banana (29) of Mativenga village under Chief Neshuro pleaded guilty to
Contravening Section 4(1) as read with Section 3(1) (a) of the Domestic
Violence Act Chapter 05:16 ‘Physical abuse’.
Banana
was sentenced to 20 days imprisonment or to alternately pay a fine of $60. In
addition to that, one month imprisonment was also suspended on condition that
for the next five years, he will not commit a similar offence.
Asked
by magistrate Honest Musiiwa why he assaulted his wife, Banana refused to open
up and maintained that it was a minor misunderstanding.
“I
just beat her out of anger because we had a misunderstanding over something,”
said Banana.
It
was the State’s case that in the early hours of October 26, Banana was at his
rural home together with his wife Belinda Mativenga (20). A misunderstanding
arose between the couple and Banana took his belt and began to assault his wife
several times all over her body. He further used open hands to beat his wife.
According
to State papers, Mativenga was bashed for no apparent reason. Immediately after
the assault, Mativenga went to Neshuro Police Base where she filed a police report
leading to Banana’s arrest.
Caroline
Pasipanodya appeared for the State.  
  

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