A GWANDA man believed to be mentally disturbed unlawfully gained entry into the Jordan Temple church in the early hours of Saturday morning before biting a woman on the shoulder as they wrestled with him.
Mlungisi Siziba (38) of Spitzkop high-density suburb pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful entry and assault when he appeared before Gwanda magistrate Arafat Kozanai.
However, Kozanai ordered that Siziba be examined by two psychiatrists to ascertain his mental condition after he exhibited signs of abnormal behaviour.
The court heard that on Saturday at around 1am, Siziba forcibly gained entry into the locked church where three female church members were sleeping after a meeting.
One woman jumped out of her blankets after being awoken by the intruder and Siziba charged towards her and forcibly embraced her.
He then allegedly hit and kicked her with booted feet until she fell. Siziba then sat on top of her and bit her once in the shoulder resulting in her sustaining a deep cut.
The other two women joined in and managed to subdue Siziba and the matter was reported to the police while the injured woman was rushed to hospital.
In mitigation, Siziba said he acted in self-defence after he was attacked by the women when he entered the church to seek for spiritual guidance.
“I had gone there to seek prayers as I am writing poems on Zimbabwe. However, when I entered the church, some women started beating me and I bit them,” Siziba said.
“I also want to find out from these church members whether those sticks in the temple are used for assaulting people.”
Siziba told the court that he was once admitted at Ingutsheni Psychiatric Hospital, but had since stopped taking medication adding that he was only taking anti-retroviral drugs.
Kozanai said for justice to prevail, it would be fair for Siziba to undergo a mental check-up.
He will appear in court again on June 30 when test results are set to be available.