Stepmom scalds daughter whilst dad assaults her

Tinaani Nyabereka

 A 43 year old woman allegedly poured boiling water on her  step daughter as punishment for coming to see her father Robert Jiyani.

Prudence Moyo (43) of Tumbire Village, Chief Sogwala in Lower Gweru appeared before Gweru Regional Magistrate Phathekile Msipa, facing charges of assault as defined by in Section 89(1)of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23.

It is the state’s case that on the 23rd of November 2018 the accused   committed an offence by pouring boiling water on her step daughter, Betty Sibanda’s face and other parts of the body as well as slapping her on her burnt cheeks.

According to state papers, the complainant,  Sibanda went to visit his father who started living with his new wife. Upon arrival at their homestead, the accused lifted a kettle of boiling water on fire and poured it on the complainant left side of the body.

After witnessing what his wife had done, the father (Jiyani) slapped the complainant on her burnt cheeks accusing her of being sent by her grandmother, an alleged witch to disturb his new marriage.

The complainant’s niece (name witheld) confirmed the incident and said that the first accused person never liked her husband’s relatives and as she shouted all sort of bad names assaulting the complainant.

“This woman does not like us and she always tells us that we are prostitutes and our grandmother is a witch who is always looking for medicine to chase her away,” she said.

In their defence, the accused persons denied all the allegations against them, stating that the family members are always accusing them wrongly out of jealous.

The complainant who sustained serious burns was taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital for medical examination and the report was produced in court as exhibit.

The two accused persons were remanded in custody awaiting sentencing on a date to be advised.

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