A beef over chicken is the excuse a man in Zimbabwe is using to explain why he assaulted his wife.

Jabulani Ncube, 40, said he was angry when his wife, Nomusa Sibanda, 24, served chicken for dinner, but saved the breast and one drumstick for herself, leaving her husband the gizzard, wings and the other drumstick, The Telegraph reported.

Local traditions apparently dictate the tastiest parts of the chicken -- the back, breasts and drumsticks -- be reserved for the man of the house, according to GlobalPost.com.

Enraged, Ncube assaulted his wife, who took refuge with her grandmother.

The following morning, Ncube reported his wife's poultry transgression to a tribal court. She was found guilty and fined one chicken for the offense, NahandaRadio.com reported.

In addition, Sibanda's grandmother, Gogo MaDawu, was also docked a chicken by tribal chieftains for failing to teach her granddaughter “how to treat her husband and dish out meals.”

Ncube continued to crow about his legal victory afterwards and along with accusing his wife of being “uncultured and disrespect­ful” he threatened to seek divorce if she gave him crummy chicken pieces again.

Sibanda was unrepentant, according to NewZimbabwe.com, which reported her as saying, “How long shall I slaughter chick­ens and not taste the back portion?”

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