THE Livingstone Magistrate’s Court has jailed a bricklayer, aged 20, for 12 months with hard labour for assaulting his wife whom he found with anti-retroviral drugs.
Appearing before magistrate Naomi Sithole was Litungi Litungi who was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm for beating his wife whom he accused of infecting him with HIV.
Facts before the court are that around 21:30 hours on May 3 this year, Litungi went home in a drunken state and started accusing his wife of having infected him with HIV.
Upon being confronted, Litungi’s wife went to bed and covered herself with a blanket. While she lay in bed, the accused got on top of the bed and started trampling on her.
When the complainant uncovered herself, her husband started hitting her with fists until she became unconscious.
The court heard that Litungi’s wife found herself in her daughter’s arms when she gained consciousness.
She later reported the matter to Mbita police post where she was issued with a medical report form to enable her access treatment.
According to the medical report that was produced as evidence in court, the complainant sustained a deep cut on the left eyebrow, upper lip and general body pains.
In mitigation, Litungi asked for forgiveness, saying he was the one taking care of the complainant, their child and his siblings.
“I will never do it again, I didn’t know my wife would bring this matter before court,” he said
In passing sentence, magistrate Sithole cautioned Litungi that the offence that he had committed carries a maximum custodial sentence of five years.
She said she would send Litungi to prison for 12 months to deter would-be offenders.
“Let me send a warning to would-be offenders of gender-based violence that they will not go scot-free once brought to court for any GBV offence,” she said.