A fuming 68-year-old man visited his lover at her home in Queens Park West suburb and assaulted her with a beer bottle several times and bashed her all over the body accusing her of two-timing him.
A family member who declined to be named said after drinking Joel Phambana Ndebele (68), who is better known as Uncle Joe, visited his lover Sithembiso Smith (55) and accused her of cheating on him.
The bitter Uncle Joe hurled insults at her and the situation spiralled out of control, and Uncle Joe who was tipsy and seething with anger charged at his lover and grabbed her by her throat.
“He assaulted her several times on the head with a beer bottle, she had a blackout and tumbled to the ground,” said a family insider who witnessed the incident.
As if that was not enough, the bitter Uncle Joe turned her hapless lover into a punching bag as he punched her several times in the face causing her to bleed from the nose and mouth.
As if he had not assaulted her enough, while she was rolling on the ground trying to evade heavy blows, he kicked her all over the body.
“She suffered sharp pain in the ribs and a swollen head and mouth ,” said a source.
It took the intervention of a neighbour to restrain Uncle Joe who was all over his lover.
“After hearing cries coming from Sithembiso’s bedroom, a neighbour had to storm in and restrain him. After that they reported the matter at Queens Park Police Station,” said a family insider.
Uncle Joe said: “It was between the two of us, I cannot reveal what it was all about. I’m trying to convince her to withdraw the case.”
Sithembiso said: “We resolved it, that is all I can say.”
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident.
He appealed to community members to solve their differences amicably.
“These are elderly people who should lead by example. And what are they teaching the young couples. We would like to urge members of the public to engage third parties like pastors, police’s Victim Friendly Unit (VFU) rather than taking the law into their own hands,” he said.