HWANGE: A local woman who sunk her teeth on her juvenile son’s cheek while whipping him with a switch has claimed that the demon used her and she has since turned to God to exorcise the spirit.

“It was the evil spirit that just engulfed me. One moment I was beating him and the next moment I just heard him screaming that I had bit him.

“That’s when I released him and I don’t know how I lifted him in the first place and bit him.

“I have started attending church in Number 2 so that the demon can be exorcised,” said Yvonne Sibanda while pleading guilty to ill-treating and neglecting a child.

She claimed her son, who is a Grade Two pupil at St George’s Primary School in the coal mining town, stole $3 which she wanted to use to buy food.

Sibanda, 32, who resides at Railway section of Hwange, was lucky not to be jailed after magistrate Portia Mhlanga on Friday warned, cautioned and discharged her.

The prosecutor, Fadzai Mharadze said the incident occurred on Monday last week.

“On September 21, the boy arrived home at 1PM from school and found the doors locked as her mother was not around.

“He then went to play with other children at his grandmother’s house before Sibanda came to call him to come home,” Mharadze said.

The court was told that on their way home the mother started whipping her son with a switch on the legs.

In the process, she bit him on the cheek leaving injuries.

The boy was rushed to St Patrick’s Hospital where he was treated and discharged.

“He stole my $3 with which I wanted to buy mealie-meal which is why I beat him,” said Sibanda when quizzed about why she beat her son.

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