Bulawayo Tenant Sentenced to Unpaid Labour for Assaulting Landlady and her 12-year-old Daughter
A Bulawayo tenant, Kayleen Lavendlt (48), has been sentenced on charges of assaulting her landlady and her 12-year-old daughter. The tenant appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Amanda Ndlovu and accused her landlord of selling her property. Kayleen will face the consequences of her violent actions as she has to perform 210 hours of unpaid labor. After a full trial, she was convicted and sentenced to serve 15 months in prison.
Medical Reports Confirm Serious Injuries
Despite Kayleen pleading not guilty to the charges, the court found her guilty based on medical reports presented as evidence. These reports revealed that her landlady, Diana Hoffman, and her daughter had sustained serious injuries. The court also noted that Kayleen had a clear motive for assaulting the victims.
In her defense, Kayleen claimed that she resorted to violence because she believed the landlady and her daughter had kidnapped her own child and stolen her property. According to the prosecutor, the specific date of the incident was unknown, but it occurred sometime last month.
Thorny Branch Used as a Weapon
During a heated argument, the tenant grabbed a thorny branch from outside the house and used it to repeatedly strike Hoffman all over her body. Shockingly, she also turned her aggression towards the 12-year-old daughter, leaving the her writhing in pain on the ground.
After the assault, the tenant fled from the scene, but the victims promptly reported the incident to the police. This led to her subsequent arrest and the legal proceedings that followed.
A recent case published by iHarare sheds light on another distressing incident. In a story reminiscent of a recent shocking assault, an ungrateful tenant sought a peace order against their landlord, adding to the growing concerns surrounding tenant-landlord relationships.