A BULAWAYO man was sentenced to 13 months in prison after he tied his wifea��s hands and legs with an electric cable before thoroughly beating her up for receiving a a�?suspiciousa�? phone call.
Kerina Muruko (24) was given a hiding by her husband Zivai Honest Matasva (33) of Entumbane suburb on 3 May.
The incident was triggered by a phone call which Muruko received in her husbanda��s presence and later failed to give a satisfactory answer on who had called her.
Matasva pleaded guilty to physical abuse charges when he appeared before Western Commonage magistrate Lungile Ncube.
a�?We were in town when she received a suspicious phone call and when we got home I asked her who had called her but she failed to explain. I checked her phone but she had deleted the number from the call log.
a�?Since she is my wife, I wanted to know who had called her. I got angry because she started to deny something I had seen. I tied her up and whipped her,a�? said Matasva.
The State represented by Memory Ndlovu gave its submissions before the passing of the sentence.
a�?Your worship the accused person assaulted a helpless woman and the weapon he used is barbaric in nature. The State prays that the accused person be granted a heavy punishment that will send a clear message to similar offenders,a�? stated Ndlovu
Ncube sentenced him to 13 months in prison and three were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
Matasva will serve an effective 10 months in prison.A� The court heard that on 31 May, Matasva was in the CBD with his wife when she received a phone call.
When they got home he asked about it and she could not give him a satisfactory answer and a misunderstanding erupted.
Matasva got angry and tied his wifea��s hands and legs together and assaulted her with a belt and an electric cable several times all over her body.
The woman never reported the matter to the police but they acted on a tip-off leading to Matasvaa��s arrest.
Muruko was referred to Mpilo Central Hospital for medical examination.