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A MUTASA man who assaulted and killed his wife with an axe handle after a domestic dispute was on Wednesday slapped with a seven year jail term by a High Court judge.

David Taguma Mutero, 39, denied murder when he appeared before Justice Charles Hungwe arguing he had no intention to kill his wife.

He was however, convicted due to overwhelming evidence presented before the court.

Law officer, Jane Rose Matsikidze told the court that Mutero had a long standing dispute with his wife, Jessica Mandiwanza.

The court heard that the fatal row took place on November 8, 2013 after Mandiwanza decided to go a neighbour identified as Marara at around 1800 hours to recharge her mobile phone.

She returned home at around 20 00hrs after charging her phone but was confronted by Mutero who accused her of infidelity.

The two had a verbal altercation which degenerated into a fist fight.

Mutero then picked an axe handle and struck Mandiwanzira several times on the face. She managed to dash out of the house, screaming for help.

Her mother Sieza Savirenyi heard the screams and called her neighbours to find her daughter.

Mandiwanzira was found lying unconscious on a foot path bleeding profusely.

With help of neighbours, Sieza ferried her daughter to Mutare Provincial Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

A police report was made leading to the arrest of Mutero. The weapon was recovered and used as exhibit in the court.

Source : New Zimbabwe