A 35-year-old Gwanda man who damaged a door at his ex-wife’s house after she had refused to let him in, was ordered to pay a fine of $100 or spend 30 days in prison.
Thabani Ncube of Spitkop North pleaded guilty to a charge of malicious damage to property when he appeared before Gwanda magistrate Sheila Nazombe yesterday.
Prosecutor Alexander Moyo told the court that on December 8 at around 1:40pm Ncube got to Tracy Sibanda’s homestead in Ntepe on the pretext that he wanted to discuss welfare issues concerning their children with her.
When Ncube arrived, Sibanda spoke to him while he was outside.
Ncube asked for bathing water, but she refused and in a fit of rage, he kicked Sibanda’s wooden door and it broke into two pieces.
He left her homestead and went to Gwanda town.
Ncube told the court that he had kicked the door out of anger after being refused entry by his ex-wife. He promised to replace the door.
Nazombe fined Ncube $5 for failing to report to court on December 27.
“Your worship I had gone home for Christmas and unfortunately I had inyongo while there and that is the reason why I failed to come,” Ncube said.
He pleaded with the magistrate saying he only had $3 on him and asked to be allowed to go home and look for the $5.
“I won’t give you another chance to go home because you will go just like last time and enjoy yourself since New Year is just around the corner, so it’s either you pay the $5 now or you spend five days in prison,” Nazombe said.
She also ordered Ncube to replace the door valued at $30.