VETERAN journalist, Maynard Manyowa, was yesterday dragged to court accused of violating the Domestic Violence Act after he allegedly assaulted his first wife, Mutsa Guta.
Manyowa was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate, Dennis Mangosi, who deferred the matter to June 27.
The court heard that on Saturday, Manyowa, who is now based in the UK, asked for the title deeds of their house from Guta.
She refused to hand him the title deeds as she was concerned he would sell the house.
It is the State’s case that Manyowa, out of anger, pummelled her all over the body, and grabbed her by the neck.
He allegedly then went on to force her to go to bed.
She managed to sneak out the next day and filed a police report.
Guta also appeared before the same court accused of unreasonably disposing of the couple’s property.
The court heard that in June last year, Guta took six office desks, eight reclining office chairs, two executive office chairs, one executive desk, one double door refrigerator, one four-plate stove, one L-shaped desk and sold them, without Manyowa’s knowledge.
It is the State’s case that Manyowa bought a house and put it in a trust.
She placed some tenants in the house and used the money which was coming from the rentals.
Guta didn’t remit the money into the trust account.
The property disposed of is worth US$15 200 and nothing was recovered.