A DRUNK 34-year-old Zvimba man has been sentenced to 30 days in imprisonment for beating his wife after she served him sadza and mushrooms, a dish he dislikes.
The accused Luckson Chimangariso of Man'ai Village in Zvimba was convicted on his own plea of guilty when he appeared Monday before Chinhoyi magistrate Melody Rwizi facing charges domestic violence charges.
He was, however, given an option to pay a $5 000 fine before 15 February 2021 or risked being jailed.
The state case was that on 20 January 2021 and at Man'ai Village at around midnight, the accused returned home from a beer drink and found his wife, Harriet Chigogo (31), sleeping.
The complainant woke up and served Chimangariso sadza and mushrooms.
However, he declined to eat the food saying he didn't like mushrooms, before asking for money from his wife to return for a beer drink at a nearby village.
Chigogo told her hubby she didn't have cash resulting and accused turned violent.
Sensing danger, complainant told her husband wanted to pack her belongings and leave, the court heard.
However, this didn't go down well with accused who grabbed his wife, who was yelling for help, and slapped her on the face before choking and smashing her head against the wall several times.
As if that was not enough, the accused grabbed complainant's braids while she lay haplessly on the ground, pulled her and tethered the braids to a barbed wire boundary fence of their yard.
The accused's sister, Portia Chimangariso responded to the distress call and rushed to the scene and tried to restrain accused, but to no avail.
However, other neighbours who heard the skirmish intervened and saved complainant from further assault.
A report was made at Kutama Police Station where complainant was referred to Father O' Hea Hospital for treatment.
A medical affidavit highlighting the degree of injury was presented in court. Tendai Tapi prosecuted.