Man stabs wife in spaghetti row


A 37-YEAR-OLD nurse from Old Lobengula has been accused of physical abuse after he went berserk and allegedly stabbed his wife twice for giving his spaghetti and mincemeat lunch to their children.


The man, Oliver Sibanda (37), appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Tancy Chipumha Dube where he was charged for violating section 3 (a) (i) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform ) Act.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and was remanded in custody to tomorrow for continuation of the trial. When asked why he committed the offence, Sibanda said he was drunk and did not know what he was doing.

“I do admit to the charge, but I was under the influence of alcohol,” he said.

“I wouldn’t have done such inhumanity in my normal senses.”

Prosecutor Sibekithemba Dube told the court that on February 28, Sibanda arrived home at around 8pm and demanded his lunch of spaghetti and mincemeat.

His wife, Patricia Makohoto failed to give him food and told him she had given it to the kids who came home hungry after school. This did not go down well with Sibanda, who turned the tables upside down and bashed his wife before cutting off her dreadlocks with a pair of scissors.

“I told him that I gave his lunch to the kids and supper was ready by the time he came home, but he became angry,” she said.

“He started to shout on top of his voice before cutting off my dreadlocks and stabbing me twice in the face.”

Sibanda allegedly took a pair of scissors and stabbed his wife twice in the face leading to her bleeding profusely.

She was rescued by the neighbours who ferried her to Mpilo Central Hospital. A police report was made, leading to Sibanda’s arrest.