The man pleaded not guilty when he briefly appeared before Western Commonage Magistrate, Mr Sithembinkosi Msipa, for contravening Section 4 (1) (a) of the Domestic Violence Act Chapter 5:16, physical abuse.
He was remanded out of custody to 9 February.The State’s case as presented by the prosecutor, Mrs Fiona Denhere, is that on 26 January at around 8pm, the man came home in the company of his girlfriend who was also the family’s church mate.
The court heard that he told his wife to serve the visitor with some food, which she did.He later told his wife that the woman he had brought home was his new wife.This did not go down well with the old wife who asked him why he had brought his partner at their home instead of taking her somewhere else like his relatives place.
He reportedly told her that he did what he pleased, arguing that the house was his and no one would stop him from marrying a second wife.The court further heard that the couple continued to quarrel after the husband had ordered his old wife to move off the bed and sleep on the floor as he wanted to sleep with his new wife there.
However the wife resisted and allegations against her husband are that he grabbed her by the shoulders and violently pulled her from the bed.When she fell onto the floor, he allegedly kicked her on the ribs and further hit her with a leather belt all over her body.The scuffle took place in the presence of the couple’s child and the girlfriend.
When the wife realised she would be injured, she surrendered to the floor whilst her husband and his new "wife” enjoyed the comfort of the bed.The Prosecutor told the court that the complainant endured abdominal pains that resulted from kicks on her stomach, ribs and lashings from the leather belt.
The complainant reported her husband, to the Western Commonage Police the next morning leading to his arrest.