Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
A man struck his mother-in law with a slasher for restraining him from assaulting his wife.
Tonderai Apetano, 36, of Shackleton in Chinhoyi appeared before Chinhoyi provincial magistrate Melody Rwizi charged with Domestic Violence.
He was sentenced to nine months in prison but he will serve an effective three months after six months were conditionally set aside for five years of good behaviour.
Prosecuting, Tinoziva Chipupuri told the court that on May 21 the complainant Elizabeth Magora, 68, returned home from where she had gone to look for mice relish whereupon arrival she was approached by her daughter, Marina Bayela who requested her to mediate in a dispute between herself and her husband over an undisclosed matter.
The court further heard that the matter was not resolved amicably, resulting in Apetano packing his belongings and leaving.
After a few hours Apetano returned armed with a grass slasher and demanded to have a chat with his now estranged wife who refused to entertain him.
However, this infuriated him, as the confrontation led to a heated verbal exchange.
Agitated by being spurned and verbally assaulted, Apetano charged towards his wife but was intercepted by his mother-in-law who grabbed the weapon resulting in a tussle.
Apetano overpowered Magora before striking her once on the arm and she sustained an injury.
After noticing that he had inflicted harm on his mother-in-law, Apetano took to his heels.
The matter was reported to ZRP Murereka leading to his arrest.