Man lost his cool and hit his wife with the back of an axe during a heated argument about a missing condom.

Lebang Lebang, 34 of Ntshe location in Francistown was a week ago hauled before the Francistown magistrates’ court facing a single count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

According to court papers, on January 3, 2014 at the couple’s matrimonial home, Lebang unlawfully assaulted his wife Gontse Lebang by hitting her with the back of an axe.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and was was subsequently pronounced guilty by magistrate Dumisani Basupi.

In mitigation, tearful Lebang told the court that he failed to control his emotions when he realised that the condom he had left in the house had gone missing.

When asked where the condom had disappeared to the wife apparently said she did not know but when pressed further she confessed that she had used it in a sexual encounter with a man who lived in the neighbourhood. The confession Lebang said, sent him into a fit of rage.

“She revealed that she slept with someone I was already suspecting her of having an affair with,” said Lebang with tears trickling down his face to make a pool by his chin.

“I fend for my three siblings and my parents. Over and above that, I have a three-year-old child who still requires that fatherly love.” Lebang said as he begged the court not to send him to prison.

He further brought to the court’s attention that he had already forgiven his wife for cheating and the wife had reciprocated by forgiving him for the axe attack.

“Although it hurts for another man to have sex with your wife, we have since hugged and kissed,” said Lebang, adding that it is now water under the bridge.

Prosecutor Semakaleng Mazibane prosecuted the matter while the accused person had no legal representation.

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