Man stalks, abuses ex-wife

HARARE - A Harare man stalked his ex-wife to the hair salon, bashed her and then bundled her in the boot of his car ostensibly because she was living lavishly.

Fradreck Utsiwegota, 31, allegedly followed his ex-wife Agnes Dumba to Dynamite Hair Salon where he forced her into his car and drove to Mount Pleasant threatening to kill her.

Utsiwegota appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe yesterday charged with two counts of kidnapping and assault.

He was remanded to July 2 on $200 bail.

Prosecutor Junior Mugebe alleges that on June 6, Utsiwegota followed Dumba to the salon and ordered her to come out.

He allegedly forced her to get into his car and drove to his house in Mt Pleasant.

Along the way, Utsiwegota allegedly accused Dumba of living lavishly which was in contrast to the lifestyle of a divorcee.

The court heard that Utsiwegota threatened to kill her asking her why her life was “flowing smoothly.”

It is the State’s case that upon arrival at the house, Utsiwegota punched and clapped Dumba several times all over her body, before dragging her out of the house and forcing her into his car boot.

He drove for about 20 minutes to an unknown place before going back home while she was in the boot.

After taking Dumba back to the house, he allegedly questioned her about numbers saved in her mobile phone.
 
Utsiwegota, the court heard, tied her hands and legs with an electrical cable and held her hostage for an entire night.

She slept on the floor.

The following morning, it is alleged, he lifted her onto the bed and tied her to the burglar bar before leaving for work.

Dumba managed to untie herself and escaped through the bedroom window, before making a police report that led to Utsiwegota’s arrest. - Helen Kadirire

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