A 34-year-old man who stabbed his wife with a screw driver after she squeezed his testicles is now in court facing a divorce petition.
This is a case in which Philemon Siafwila of Makeni Villa has been sued for a divorce by his wife, Ailedi Soko, 32.
However, Siafwila said that he still loves his wife, Soko.
The two got married in 2005 and they have three children. Dowry was paid.
Soko told Senior Court Magistrate Ackim Phiri sitting with Magistrates Daniel Phiri and Sarah Nyendwa at Kanyama Local Court that she has never enjoyed her marriage because Siafwila was fond of fighting her.
She explained that in 2013 Siafwila even stabbed her with a screw driver. She produced a medical report.
Soko added that she reported Siafwila to police but after forgiving him her husband was released.
She however testified that Siafwila continued fighting her and that it became worse for he could even spend nights out.
Soko further said that since she left matrimonial home in February 2014 Siafwila doesn’t bring anything for the children.
“In December 2015, he wanted to reconcile with me but later I heard that he married another woman and when I went to matrimonial home I found a woman in bed who wanted to fight me. I got a T-shirt of the woman as evidence,”she said.
Soko produced the T-shirt of the woman in court for evidence.
Asked by the court if she loves Siafwila, Soko said that she is scared of screw drivers and knives.
In defence, Siafwila said that Soko left the matrimonial home in 2013 for no reason after his job contract was terminated.
Siafwila explained that when he got home after his contract was terminated, he found that his wife had left with the fridge, a bag of mealie meal and a bag of charcoal.
He said after his wife left, she was not seen for three months.
Siafwila said in 2015 he got a job and that he told her to come back home but she refused.
Asked by Soko if Siafwila did not stab her with a screw driver, he explained that it was because she squeezed his testicles.
Siafwila knelt down before Soko to ask for forgiveness when the court asked him but Soko refused.
Magistrate Ackim Phiri granted the couple divorce ordering Siafwila to compensate Soko K6000.
He said initial payment of K1000 should be followed by monthly installments of K250.
Magistrate Phiri also ordered that Siafwila should be paying children maintenance fee of K450 per month.
Property acquired together to be shared equally.