A man who threatened to kill his wife narrowly escaped a jail term last week when the woman decided to drop the charge against him.
49-year-old Tiwe Chakata of Bontleng ward in Mosetse village is said to have warned that he was going to kill the mother of his children and bury her in the bush to conceal the evidence. Chakata was quoted as saying, “I will kill you just like Boy killed his wife. Truly speaking I will just lure you to the bush to kill you and your mother will only find your badly decomposed body.”
The man who had been playing hide and seek with the police heaved a sigh of relief when his woman, Pungi Ranyo pleaded with the court to consider withdrawing charges against him.
The woman said she wanted to forgive her husband because she was convinced that he was now reformed.
Ranyo also told the court that she had earlier reported the case to the police because Chakata was acting violent and even refusing to listen to some relatives who were trying to calm him down on the day in question. “I thought that he should be warned so that he could reform,” she said.
The magistrate however pointed out that the whole move was a waste of police resources and time, especially given that the wife was withdrawing the charges.
The prosecutor, Dumisani Basupi said it was now becoming a norm for people to involve the police in their personal relationships which creates confusion since the courts never know whether people are joking or serious.
“What should we do when your man starts harassing and acting violently again? I mean where should the law stand in such a scenario,” Basupi inquired before dismissing the case.