Glen view woman scalds sister in law
A GLEN VIEW woman scalded her sister-in-law with hot water on her breast for alleged infidelity.
The 24-year-old Phyllis Zonde, a student nurse at Parirenyatwa Hospital, was preparing supper when Lucia Mapiye (22) stormed her room. She accused her of cheating on her brother-in-law Ms Zonde told Mapiye not to interfere with her family affairs. It was established that the two do not see eye-to-eye. Yet they are married to brothers and reside under one roof.
Instead, Mapiye insulted Ms Zonde, by calling her a prostitute. Mapiye went on to declare that she would wreck Ms Zonde’s marriage in “no time”. As the drama unfolded, Mapiye grabbed a pot of boiling water from the stove and poured it on Ms Zonde’s right breast.
Ms Zonde’s aunt, identified only as Mrs Kwenda restrained the two. As a result of the burns, Ms Zonde was admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital where she remained for 10 days. Mapiye faced an assault charge before Mbare magistrate Jeffrey Gogo. She pleaded guilty but indicated they were fighting.
“Takarwa, (We fought),” she said. But her excuse fell on deaf ears. The mother of two started crying. “She is a liar,” she said. “She is jealous because I am working. yet she spends the entire day sitted at home. “She also fired my two maids,” she said wiping off the tears.
Ms went on told the court Mapiye did not visit her when she was in hospital or apologise for her act. Mapiye pleaded with the magistrate to send a message of apology on her behalf. “Ndikumbirireiwo ruregerero kuna maiguru” (Can you please apologise on my behalf) she said.
Ms Mapiye was lucky to escape jail, with a six-month wholly suspended sentence. This is on condition she does not commit a similar offence within the next three years. “Don’t dare do it again,” the magistrate warned her. “I will send you to prison next time.” A medical affidavit confirming Ms Zonde’s wounds was used in court as an exhibit.