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By Godfrey Olukya 17-9-2013

A man has been convicted for domestic violence in Zimbabwe after he beat his wife unconscious for refusing to recognize his girl friend.

Al;though Godfrey Chikombe (50) of Vheremu Village pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Gokwe regional magistrate Amos Mbobo, he has been convicted and punished.
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He was convicted after a full trial and sentenced to seven years, two of which were suspended for five years on condition of good behavior.

According to prosecution,on July 14th 2013 he beat his wife Evelyn Garikai after getting a misunderstanding over the man’s extra marital affair. He reportedly beat her with an object on the head and she sustained severe head injuries for which she was operated on the head.

Apart from accusing his wife for refusing to recognize his girlfriend whom she wanted to marry as a second wife,he also accused her of reporting him to the police as well as seeking a peace order against him.

Court heard that when he hit her hard on the head,she fell unconscious while bleeding profusely from the head, nose and mouth. She also sustained severe internal injuries due to the assault which also affected her health.

The complainant was rushed by neighbors to hospital and when she got well reported the assailant to police and was arrested and charged in court.

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