Hubby faces attempted murder charges

A SAKUBVA man who last month made headlines after scalding his wife with cooking oil following an extra-marital relationship altercation, has appeared before the courts facing attempted murder charges.

Moses Marote was not asked to plead to the attempted murder charges when he appeared before Mutare magistrate Mr Innocent Bepura on Thursday.  He was initially remanded to August 18 and  was remanded in custody.

Mr Bepura advised him to apply for bail at the High Court citing that he is facing a Third Schedule offence.

The wife, Michelle Masango, sustained serious facial and chest burns after the vicious hot cooking oil attack by Marote after she had claimed that he was deserting her.

Mr Fletcher Karombe appeared for the State.

Marote has been on the run since July 20 when he committed the offence and was only apprehended last week by the police.

In an interview at Mutare Provincial Hospital where she was recovering after being admitted in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, Masango narrated her ordeal at the hands of her husband.

“The whole thing started when my husband had an affair. When I discovered it, we argued about it. Things worsened when he could no longer do anything in bed. He left me and moved out in November last year.

“He only came back in March this year. I refused to accept him back, but he came with his relatives including his mother who cried as she begged me to change my mind.

“I then asked whether the problem that led to our separation had been solved. He lied to me that it had been solved.

“I accepted him back. However, from March to April he could not do anything in bed. I complained to my sisters that nothing had changed. He still has the problem that led to our separation.

“Things got so confusing when he said he had sought help from spiritualists and he was told that my aunt had caused that problem,” she narrated.

Masango said her husband suggested giving her his young brother as husband as a way of keeping her in their family.

“Just when I finished sending a message to his mother, he hurled a pot full of hot cooking oil at my face and chest. I was in pain and cried out for help. I could not see,” she said. – Manica Post