By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
Masvingo – A 25 year old female was sentenced to three years in prison after pouring boiling cooking oil on her boyfriend after he had refused to eat food that she had prepared for him.
The accused Melody Mashanga of Mucheke appeared at Masvingo Provincial Magistrates’ court on the 9th of November 2020 where she was remanded in custody only to be sentenced the next day.
Mashanga had pleaded guilty to the charges and she had to spend a night at the Masvingo Remand Prison with her toddler as she awaited sentencing.
She was sentenced to three years in prison but was lucky to have her sentencing wholly suspended by Magistrate Bishard Chineka on condition that she does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.
Prosecutor Liberty Hove told the courts that on the 10th of February 2020, Mashanga called Emmanuel Cheure to her place of residence.
Upon arrival, Cheure refused to eat the rice which the accused had prepared because it smelled like rotten fish.
Mashanga then went outside, took a pot with boiling cooking oil, went back into her room and poured it on complainants’ neck, chest, abdomen and thighs and she left the room and went outside.
The complainant then went outside and cried for help and he was then assisted by a passerby who then ferried him to Masvingo Provincial hospital where he got treatment.