Mozambican former First Lady Graca Machel’s daughter yesterday won a high-profile domestic violence case against her ex-boyfriend, a landmark victory in a country where abuse of women is growing.

Josina Machel lost the sight in her right eye in 2015 after she was savagely beaten by Mozambican businessman Rofino Licuco with whom she had been in a relationship for three years.

A court in Maputo sentenced Licuco to a suspended prison sentence of three years and four months.

Licuco was also ordered to pay US$2.8 million in damages but his lawyer said that he was going to appeal.

Machel, the daughter of Mozambique’s former president Samora Machel, has founded a charity to help victims of domestic abuse and dedicated her victory to all of those who suffer in silence.

In December, another high profile case of domestic violence hit the headlines when Valentina Guebuza, the daughter of former president Armando Guebuza was shot dead by her husband during an argument.