Woman severely burnt with cooking oil over gossip

By Melissa Chikumba

A Mbizo woman was was this week jailed after she poured boiling cooking oil on a neighbour who was accusing her of gossip mongering.

Evermore Hlongani (20) was arraigned before Kwekwe magistrate Samukeliso Gumbo where she pleaded guilty to charges of assault with the intention of causing bodily harm.

It is the State’s case that on 15 September 2020 in Mbizo 18 Hlongani was accused by her neighbor Liliosa Dzikirai for spreading spreading gossip about her mother.

This led to an altercation between Hlongani and Dzikirai whereby the accused was denying spreading rumors about the complainant’s mother.

The accused driven by anger went to her kitchen where she took boiling cooking oil and went to pour it on the complainant body where she sustained serious burns injuries.

She got burnt on her buttock , right hand and her leg and was rushed to Kwekwe General Hospital .

The matter was reported to the police which led to the arrest of the accused.Hlongani was slapped with a 9 months jail-term whereby 3 months were suspended on condition that she would not be involved in anything to do with violence in the next 5 years.

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