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Zim woman escapes prison over text messages

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mugabe_2.jpgHarare (IT News Africa) A Zimbabwean woman escaped six months imprisonment for taunting her lover’s wife through text messages.

Media reports said, Melody Moyo was found guilty of breaching Zimbabwe’s telecommunications laws by a Bulawayo magistrate who postponed sentence for three years on condition of good behaviour.

Magistrate Shepherd Munjanja, sitting at the Western Commonage Magistrate’s Courts, heard how Moyo snapped when her lover who had made her pregnant cooled their affair.

Moyo, of Runyararo West suburb in Masvingo, began sending her lover’s wife a string of test messages, claiming in one that she was “not good in bed”, adding that this was the reason for her husband’s infidelity.

In one, sent on August 5, she mocked: “You are not good in bed that is why your husband runs away from you. I was respecting you but I saw that you don’t want to be respected. You are married but you don’t have a peace of mind with your husband and you have a lot of stress.”

She was arrested after her lover’s wife went to the police.

Moyo admitted breaching section 88 of the Postal and Telecommunications Act which criminalises sending telephone messages which are “grossly offensive … (and) of indecent, obscene or threatening character or sending by telephone any message that one knows to be “false for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to any other person”.

By Marcus Mushonga

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