BINGA — An elderly man from Saba area left the court in stitches on Monday when he said he assaulted his former wife after she insulted him saying he was as ugly as a woman’s private parts.
This was heard by the Binga resident magistrate Stephen Ndlovu when Kasiapu Mumpande (61) appeared before him on Monday.
He pleaded guilty to an assault charge and was convicted. Mumpande was sentenced to three months in jail, which was wholly suspended on condition he performed 105 hours of community service at Saba Primary School starting on July 8.
The prosecutor Bruce Maphosa told the court that Mumpande had three wives and the complainant Judith Mundanga was one of them.
He divorced Mundanga and was left with two wives.
It is the State case that on June 24, Mumpande went to Mundanga’s home, but she was not there, as she had gone to fetch some water. He followed her to the communal borehole.
When they met, they had a misunderstanding over an unspecified issue and Mumpande assaulted his former wife with fists on the face, back and cheeks.
Mundanga went to the hospital, where she was treated and discharged.
She later reported the matter to the police, leading to Mumpande’s arrest. On being asked in court why he assaulted her, Mumpande said she insulted him.
“She insulted me saying I was as ugly as a private part of a woman,” he said in his defence.
The magistrate asked him: “What did you lose when Mundanga said that? You should have reported her to the police than assaulting her.”
Mumpande told the magistrate that what Mundanga said really angered him and he failed to contain it.
“At your age you must behave properly,” the magistrate said. “Therefore you are given a three- months, suspended sentence and you will perform 105 hours of community service.”
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