It is the state’s case that Bassie Ruhukwa (21) and Betty Matiya (25) poured a bottleful of chilli sauce into 23-year-old Mollyn Kusena’s private parts accusing her of snatching their husband, Paul Sinakadzi.
The incident, which happened at Huruyadzo Bottle Store in Mutare’s Dangamvura high-density suburb recently, left residents who witnessed the free-for-all brawl tongued-tied as the three women clashed over matters of the heart.
Judging by the way they delivered a series of merciless attacks and insults on Kusena, Ruhukwa and Matiya, who are first and second wives of Sinakadzi respectively, are not ready to share their hubby with one more woman.
Prosecutor Walter Saunyama told the court that on April 23 at 6pm the two arrived at Huruyadzo Butchery and confronted Kusena for snatching their husband.
Kusena vehemently denied being a husband-snatcher.
Ruhukwa, who was frothing with anger, allegedly took a hosepipe and assaulted Kusena all over the body. Saunyama said: “During the scuffle Matiya joined in and dragged Kusena to a cold room in the same butchery and they took turns to beat her up. The two accused forcibly stripped her before Ruhukwa stretched Kusena’s left legs, while Matiya was holding the right leg. They allegedly poured some chilli sauce into her private parts. Kusena screamed for help after intense pain, but no one came to her rescue.”
Kusena escaped from further assault half-naked after Ruhukwa left her to search for a light. She dashed with a jacket on the bottom half of her body and made a police report leading to the two’s arrest.
The two appeared before Mutare magistrate Ms Anne Ndiraya facing charges of indecent assault as defined in Section 66 (1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23.
They were remanded out of custody on US$50 bail each.
They will be back in the dock on May 8.