Woman gets $5 000 but loses husband


A woman who has apparently lost her husband to a lover sued the other woman for adultery and was awarded $5 000 in damages by a High Court judge, Justice Blackie.

The other woman did not even bother to come to court and has vowed that she will continue with the affair.

Ethel Moyo* told the court that she was married in 1976. She and her husband now have three children. She said their marriage had been happy and stable until 1986 when her husband met Virginia Dube*

From that time the marriage began to sour and has deteriorated to such an extend that she no longer has any social communication or sexual intimacy with her husband.

They are however, still staying together, but she said this was purely for the sake of the children.

Moyo said as long as her husband continued his affair with Dube she could not have sexual relations with him because she was afraid she might contract some sexually transmitted disease or AIDS.

Dube, on the other hand, the court was told, had telephoned Moyo on several occasions telling her that she intended to continue her affair with her husband.

Dube in fact blamed Moyo for the break up of her marriage. She bluntly told Moyo that she was not going to end the affair and ignored correspondence from Moyo’s lawyers.

“It is obvious that the defendant (Dube) is aware of the marriage between plaintiff (Moyo) and her husband (yet) she determinedly persists in the affair and has reduced plaintiff’s marriage to one in name only,” Justice Blackie said.

“In the circumstances I consider the plaintiff is entitled to an award of $5 000 in damages and I enter judgment for her against the defendant in that sum together with costs of this action,” he concluded.

*The names of the women involved have been altered because we believe that Moyo, the wife had suffered enough embarrassment already.


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