3 August 2012

Zambia: Man Jailed Five Years for Breaking Wife's Limbs

A FORMER miner at Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in Chingola has been jailed for five years with hard labour for breaking his wife's legs, a hand and a rib.

But there was drama in court when the woman wept in a fully-packed Chingola Magistrate's court after her husband was jailed and led to a holding cell.

In a case of Gender-Based Violence, William Kabanda 48, of Nchanga North Township, severely beat his wife for allegedly stealing part of the money he received from KCM after he was relived of his duties on medical grounds.

Kabanda on July 6, this year beat his wife, Doris Banda using a pounding stick until she sustained broken limbs and a rib.

Kabanda who pleaded guilty to the charge, told Resident Magistrate Sililo Siloka that on June 28, 2012, he travelled to the village and left K4.5 million in their matrimonial bedroom.

He said he instructed his wife to always lock the bedroom and never allow anybody in unless she was around.

But upon his return he discovered that K2, 770,000 had been stolen and his wife denied having taken the money.

He said she later went home around 21:00 in a drunken state. Kabanda said this made him lose his temper and beat her using a pounding stick resulting in the legs, one rib and a hand being fractured.

Chingola Senior Prosecutions Officer, George Mbangweta said the wife had wanted to withdraw the case but the State refused.

In his mitigation, Kabanda said that he had seven children and was taking care of his old mother and that if given custodial sentence they would suffer. He said that even his wife would appreciate if he was allowed to be nursing her.

But Mr Siloka said considering the seriousness of the injuries and how the beating was executed, he had no lenience to exercise on Kabanda.

At this point, his wife who was in plaster of Paris, wept as her husband lost his freedom.

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