WEDZA: A local woman has been sentenced to four months in prison by a Marondera magistrate after she hurled bricks at her in-laws during a family dispute.
Magistrate Josephine Sande suspended two on condition that she pays a fine of $50 while the other two months were suspended for five years on condition that she does not commit a similar offence.
Miriam Mupatsi, 35, had initially appeared in court facing attempted murder charges but she later faced lesser charges of assault.
State prosecutor, Lovemore Musariyarwa, said on April 22 this year, Mupatsi was at home with her husband when Emilia Madzongo, her mother-in-law and Laiza Madzongo, the sister-in-law, approached her and accused Mupatsi of stealing their bricks.
The two started attacking Mupatsi but she retaliated by throwing bricks at them resulting in them being injured.
The two had to seek medical attention before they made a report to the police, leading to the arrest of Mupatsi.
The Madzongos claimed that Mupatsi had axed them resulting in the state charging her with attempted murder.
However, this claim was dismissed by magistrate Sande who noted that the injuries sustained were not consistent with an axe attack and that the medical report produced in court did not support their evidence.
Sande then found Mupatsi guilty of assault.
Mupatsi told the court that there was bad blood between her and the in-laws who wanted her jailed as evidenced by their false claim that she had axed them.
She also pleaded for leniency as she was pregnant.
Sande also advised Mupatsi to live peacefully with her in-laws or to seek a peace order from the courts.