By Staff Reporter
A 54-year-old tour guide from Victoria Falls was spared jail by a local magistrate after he was found guilty of beating up his wife for refusing to open the door for him during the night.
Velloni Phiri of Mkhosana suburb told court this week he got infuriated when his wife, Sihle Phiri also insulted him and his mother.
Representing the state, Takunda Ndovorwi said the offence happened on 18 July 2018 at 10 pm.
“I arrived home at night coming from work in Hwange and when I knocked at the door she responded by saying I should go back,” he said.
“She called me a womaniser saying I was like my mother. I forced my way into the house and she pushed me. That is when I got angry and slapped her.”
Phiri begged presiding magistrate Rangarirai Gakanje to pardon him for the offence saying he stood to lose his job if he was jailed.
While pleading guilty to physical abuse, Phiri denied punching his wife but rather, slapping her.
“I work as a tour guide at Wild Horizons and I might end up losing my job if I am jailed because of this issue,” he said, adding that through his job, he was also taking care of his elderly widowed mother.
The couple has five children.
The magistrate convicted Phiri of physical abuse but said, “you can go but make sure you don’t do it again”.