Charity Kamungeremu (25) from Mkoba 3 in Gweru appeared before Magistrate Phathekile Msipa facing charges of assault.
She pleaded not guilty to the charges saying she was defending herself against a gang, which had teamed up against her.
"I felt threatened your worship that's why I ran to the counter to grab a knife. He had hit me with a bottle of water after he had missed me with the bottle of beer," Kamungeremu said.
It is the State's case that on March 31, the complainant Ashely Pellen, his family and friends went to Sachi shop which is located at Northlea shopping centre to celebrate his birthday.
It is alleged that the crew bought meat to braai and a plate of isitshwala.
The court heard that a quarrel arose after Pullen and company complained that the isitshwala was not cooked properly and then went on to throw the isitshwala at the shop window.
Pullen's friend Cliff Morgan was persisting with the issue and they all ended up exchanging vulgar words with the accused.
Pullen is alleged to have thrown a bottle of beer at Kamungeremu. It however, missed the target and he then struck her with a bottle of water. She then wielded a kitchen knife and stabbed Pullen thrice.
"If anyone was in my shoes I'm sure they would have done the same thing," she said.
It is alleged that after the scuffle, some of Pullen's friends ran away and his wife then drove to the police where a complaint was lodged.
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