Husband admits whipping wife at graveyard to stop her complaining


A 30-YEAR-OLD man has admitted in the Lusaka Local Court that he whipped his wife at the graveyard to stop her from complaining as they headed to the bus stop.

Edward Jere, a bricklayer of Kabanana compound was testifying in a case in which his wife, Caroline Mulenga, 27, of Chazanga compound sued him for divorce on allegation that he was cruel.

The two got married in 2012 and have one child.

Mulenga told Senior Court Magistrate Pauline Newa sitting with Magistrate Miyanda Banda at Matero Local Court that problems started just after three months into marriage as they were going to a bus stop.

It is alleged that Jere whipped her at the graveyard after they differed.

She explained that Jere also beat her when she was eight months pregnant and that the other time he even threw her in a pit.

Mulenga further said that she wanted to divorce Jere because he also attempted to commit suicide by taking poison on three different occasions.

“I left the matrimonial home on August 21, and Jere has since married another woman,” said Mulenga.

In defence, Jere said that he whipped Mulenga at the grave yard as they were going to the bus stop to stop her from complaining and admitted having married another woman.

Magistrate Newa said that there was lack of communication and that Jere married another woman, adding that the court cannot force Mulenga who opted for divorce due to cruelty.

She granted the couple divorce ordering Jere to compensate Mulenga with K4, 000 with initial payment of K1, 000 followed by monthly instalments of K300 and to be paying child maintenance fee of K300 per month. Property acquired together would be shared equally.


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