A Bulawayo man was sentenced to 12 months in prison by Bulawayo Magistrate Franklin Mkhwananzi for setting his wife alight.

Lawrence Dube, 41, of house number D32 Mzilikazi Bulawayo was sentenced to 18 months in prison, with six months being suspended for good behaviour for physically abusing his wife, Joan Zvaodzamoyo after the two parties had a misunderstanding.

State prosecutor, Mr Nkathazo Dlodlo told the court that on the 3rd of April this year at around 2300 hours, the complainant told her husband that she was leaving their matrimonial home.

The misunderstanding is then reported to have led to the accused, Dube, spraying the complainant with paraffin and methylated spirit all over the body before setting her alight.

The complainant sustained serious burns on her face and a medical report was produced in the court as exhibit.