The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Hubby Weeps in Court

An Epworth man wept uncontrollably in court after his pregnant wife who severely assaulted him was sent to jail for an effective three years.

Innocent Kajesa (36) cried after his seven months pregnant wife Future Runyanga (25) was jailed for battering him on the face with a metal bar and a screw driver while he was asleep.

Kajesa was bashed when he came home late and upon being asked where he was, he told Runyanga to "give other women a chance with him".

According to a medical affidavit that was produced in court, Kajesa suffered multiple injuries on his face.

Kajesa's mandibular was displaced and he lost several teeth while his right side of the face was crushed.

His right eye was totally buried in the socket which was also crushed, the report indicated. Kajesa suffered severe cuts and he cannot speak properly and is unstoppably drooling saliva. Magistrate Mr Lazarus Murendo convicted Runyanga of physical abuse on her own plea of guilty before sentencing her to five years in prison. He then suspended two years on condition of good behaviour. In passing the sentence, Mr

Murendo condemned Runyanga's actions and said it did not tally with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based violence.

"The attack was a brutal one and it was premeditated. It is surprising that during these 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based violence that we have people like the accused who for trivial reasons resort to excessive use of violence," he said. After the sentence was passed, Kajesa raised his hand in tears and told Mr Murendo that the sentence was too harsh.

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