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Man jailed for beating sister in law with log

A WOMAN basher was sentenced to 12 months in prison for severely assaulting his sister in law with a log all over her body accusing her of not penning cattle.

Devi Phiri(42) was hauled before Esigodini Court for head butting and using a log to assault his sister in law Buhlebuzile Sibanda (25).

He appeared before magistrate Lungile Ncube facing charges of physical abuse and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Four months were suspended for five years on condition that he does not commit a similar crime.

Prosecutor, Jefta Nyikadzinashe said on February 9, 2017 and at around 3am, Phiri arrived at the complainant’s homestead.

“The complainant was asleep at that time in her bedroom and Phiri asked her to open the door,” Nyikadzinashe said.

According to Nyikadzinashe, Sibanda refused to open the door, Phiri became violent, demanding that she let him inside and later forced himself into the room.

“The complainant refused to open the door and the accused person then forced entry into the complaint’s bedroom and started accusing her of not penning the cattle at night,” he said.

“The two argued and the accused started assaulting the complainant with a log several times on her head and hands. The accused person then grabbed the complainant by the shoulders and head butted her once on the mouth before she fell down.”

According to the state whilst Sibanda was on the ground, Phiri sat on her stomach and continued assaulting her several times on the head with a log.

“The complainant later managed to rescue herself and ran away” the prosecutor said.

It is reported that the complainant sustained a swollen head, mouth and hands as a result of the assault.

Last year around October, a man from Esigodini assaulted his wife accusing her of cheating with a snake after he found the reptile on their matrimonial bed.

He was asked to pay a fine of $200 or face 90 days in prison.

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