GLADYS Nyathi from Bulawayo’s Pumula South suburb was full of smiles when she celebrated her 33rd birthday, but her ex-husband Paul Mangondo (37) had a nasty surprise for her.
He severely assaulted her with fists all over the body after she allegedly refused to refund him his money which he had spent on beer.
Circumstances are that on 8 May 2021 and as part of her birthday celebrations, Nyathi went to Fourwinds Shopping Centre and upon arrival she reportedly requested that her ex-lover pay for beer using his credit card saying she was going to refund him when her guests paid their entrance fees and he reportedly agreed.
It is alleged that after the celebrations they came back to town for more celebrations and before that they drove to Luveve suburb to drop Nyathi’s child. On their way back Mangondo who is employed at Zupco’s Gwanda depot reportedly had an argument with his uncle who was driving before he demanded to be dropped off.
Nyathi and Mangondo’s uncle proceeded to town and later met with Nyathi’s friends at a restaurant situated at corner 10thavenue and George Silundika Street.
Mangondo later phoned Nyathi asking her where she was and the latter reportedly said if he wanted to join them, he should first apologise to his uncle and he agreed.
Nyathi then directed him to where they were and upon arrival Mangondo found his ex-lover standing outside the car with her friends while his uncle was sitting inside.
He reportedly opened one of the doors and demanded to know what they were talking about saying he had brought a bouncer.
He later turned to Nyathi who was talking to her friends and asked for a mobile phone and she refused to give him. He then forcibly pulled her handbag while demanding his money and in the process the handbag reportedly got torn.
Nyathi, however courted Mangondo’s anger when she told him that she didn’t owe him anything. In a fit of rage Mangondo poured beer on her before he allegedly tried to hit her with an empty beer bottle, but missed her.
While avoiding being hit by the empty beer bottle, Nyathi fell heavily to the ground and Mangondo reportedly seized the opportunity when he grabbed her and allegedly assaulted me with fists and booted feet several times all over the body.
The matter was reported to the police leading to Mangondo’s arrest and his subsequent appearance in court charged with physical abuse.
Mangondo denied the physical abuse charges and that he damaged Nyathi’s handbag reportedly valued at US$40.
In his defense he said it got torn when they were wrestling over it in a bid to recover his money.
The matter was referred to 31 May for continuation of trial and Mangondo is out of custody.