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They continued their quickie in my presence, says husband

A CHIPATA man narrated how he found his wife in bed with a neighbour and watched the two secret lovers until they finished their act.
James Shumba, 30, told the Chipata Local Court that he found his neighbour, Lameck Banda, 34, in bed with Phelile Mwale, the plantiff’s wife, but despite being caught pants down, they just went on, and on and on.
After the act, a fight broke out at Shumba’s home and the plaintiff hit the defendant on the forehead with a brick. The court was not told at what point the plaintiff fetched the ‘weapon’.
Shumba of Nabvutika township told the court that he caught the two in the act one night after returning home from watching a Manchester United game at a nearby bar.
Shumba was narrating before Senior Court Magistrate Leonard Nkhata in a case in which he sued Banda of the same township for compensation for adultery.
“I had gone to the bar around 20:00 hours to watch my favourite team Manchester United on the big screen. An hour later, I went home but the door was locked. I could hear a man’s voice inside. I knocked non-stop until I broke the door down and found Banda on top of my wife in the act. Shockingly, they continued in my presence,” he said.
Shumba said Banda, with no remorse, arrogantly tried to fight him when he was through with the act. The visibly annoyed Shuma told the court that out of anger, he hit the defendant on the forehead with a brick.
And Shumba’s wife, Phelile, who testified against Banda, admitted to being caught in a sexual encounter with Banda.
Mwale said the affair with Banda started two years ago when she was pregnant.
“Banda is my lover and he pays me when I sleep with him. The fees range from between K20 and K50. It is true we were caught having sex that night. Banda came to our house after he discovered my husband was not home,” she said.
Mwale, who begged Shumba for forgiveness, told the court that she still loves Shumba despite cheating on him.
But Banda, who had a bandage on his forehead, denied sleeping with Shumba’s wife. He said the plaintiff found them chatting outside their house.
“I was at Shumba’s house to ask his wife to wash my clothes at a fee like she does for other people because my wife is away,” Banda said.
Passing judgment, the court upheld the claim and ordered Banda to pay Shumba K4,000 as compensation. The money will be settled in two instalments.


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