Choma woman jailed two years for assaulting husband
By Staff Reporter
The Choma Gender Based Violence fast track court on Friday slapped a 28 year old woman a two year imprisonment for slicing her husband’s forehead using a machete after a drinking spree.
Doreen Njobvu’s conviction is the first following the court’s commissioning on November 28, 2018 after finding her guilty of unlawful wounding of her husband, Chilima Mulenga.
Facts before court presented by public prosecutor Catherine Sakala are that on November 22, 2018 Njobvu found her husband fast asleep around 03:00 hours when she came from a drinking spree.
She then awakened him and beat him up to the point of slicing his forehead and on the leg with a machete.
The victim was only rescued by neighbors after they heard his shouts for help.
But in her explanation Njobvu told the court that she decided to punish her husband because he never left food home.
In mitigation she asked the Court to exercise lenience as she took care of her ill father.
But despite being a first offender and readily admitting the charge Senior Resident Magistrate Mupemo Phiri observed that the circumstances of the offence were aggravating.
She has since sentenced Njobvu to two years simple imprisonment in order to send a right signal to would be offenders.