'Small house' drags wife to court

HARARE - A woman who allegedly quotes Bible verses to blackmail her husband’s lover was yesterday dragged before the courts.

Susan Siwawa was brought before Harare Civil Court by Wanzirai Maoni for allegedly stalking and verbally abusing her.

Maoni through her legal representative told the court that Siwawa had caused her misery through incessant calls and threatening to assault her.

“Respond that you have been causing Maoni misery since you discovered that she has a child with your husband and that you have called her on several occasions insulting and threatening to assault her?” inquired Maoni’s lawyer.

“When you met her in (sic) the street, you started calling her names and quoted Bible verses to blackmail her. You have also been spotted by her place of residence on different occasions stalking her.”

Siwawa admitted to calling Maoni but denied verbally abusing or threatening to assault her.

“I only called her to inquire about my husband whom she is dating. I only sent her messages of Bible verses because I believe her conduct is influenced by evil spirits tormenting her,” Siwawa told the court.

“The day I was spotted by her place of residence I was actually looking for my husband because he now lives with her.”

Siwawa told the court that Maoni had fabricated allegations of abuse because she was bitter.

“She is only bitter that I am suing her for damages because the marriage that we have with my husband does not allow extra marital affairs,” she said.

“I have been to her parents’ place informing them about her affair with my husband and they even gave me food.

“Would they have welcomed me if I had been violent with their child?”

Presiding magistrate Tatenda Manhanzva instructed Maoni to compile evidence that substantiates her allegations before she makes a judgment on August 22.

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