ZIMBABWE – A cheating woman who saved contact details of her alleged boyfriend in her phone under the name of a female friend was severely assaulted by her husband after he discovered a WhatsApp conversation of the affair.
Tarisai Mbiriyakura (28) of 5940 Unit J in Chitungwiza received a thorough beating from her husband Richard Gororo (36) of the same location.
Gororo was slapped with a six-month prison term after pleading guilty to physical abuse charges before Chitungwiza resident magistrate Mrs Renika Dzikiti.
Three months were set aside for five years.
Gororo told the court that he could not control his emotions after unearthing the chat between his wife and her boyfriend.
“Your Worship, she was cheating on me,” he said. “I discovered that she saved the contact number of her boyfriend bearing the name of a woman. This was after I woke up at midnight and go through her cellphone and picked the conversation with her boyfriend.”
Gororo said this resulted in a scuffle and he ended up bashing her.
In sentencing him, Mrs Dzikiti noted that cases of domestic violence were on the increase.
“It is high time that the court should sent the correct message to would be offenders by incarcerating people who resort to solving their differences by beating up their wives,” she said.
The prosecutor Mr Donald Mudadirwa proved that on January 2 at around 10pm, the couple had a misunderstanding over messages which were sent to Tarisai’s cellphone.
Gororo suspected that his wife was having an illicit affair and beat her up.
Tarisai sustained a swollen right eye and had some pains all over her body.