Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu, Plumtree Correspondent
A PLUMTREE man has been fined $50 for assaulting a police officer who refused to pay him money that he had won in a bet during a game of pool.
Hardlife Chipamaranga was convicted on his own plea of guilty to assault by Plumtree magistrate, Mr Joshua Mawere. He was fined $50 or sentenced to 30 days imprisonment in case of default.
Prosecuting, Mr Elisha Mazorodze said Chipamaranga assaulted Constable Dumisani Shoko who is based at Plumtree Police Station on July 19 at around 7PM.
“Chipamaranga and Cst Shoko were playing a game of pool at Frank’s Bottle Store in Plumtree on 19 July at around 7PM. Chipamaranga won a bet and then demanded his money from Cst Shoko.
“Cst Shoko refused to pay Chipamaranga which resulted in a misunderstanding. Chipamaranga punched the officer several times on the face and stopped after his friends who were also playing pool restrained him,” he said.
Mr Mazorodze said the matter was reported to the police resulting in Chipamaranga’s arrest.
In another incident, a 29-year-old Plumtree man who appeared before the same magistrate was fined $100 for beating up his 37-year-old wife after she confronted him over unpaid rent.
Langelihle Nkomo was convicted on his own plea of guilty to physical abuse.
He was fined $100 or sentenced to two months imprisonment in case of default.
Prosecuting, Mrs Rose Sibanda said Ms Kiabetso Nyathi confronted her husband on April 28 over rental arrears.
She said Nkomo became furious and struck his wife with a brick.
“On 28 April around 11PM Nkomo arrived home drunk and knocked on the door. Ms Nyathi refused to open the door and Nkomo opened it by force.
“His wife later confronted him over their unpaid rent which Nkomo was refusing to pay to their landlord. Nkomo became furious as a result of his wife’s confrontation and he hit her several times with a brick,” said Mrs Sibanda.
She said Nkomo also whipped his wife several times on her back with a hose pipe. Mrs Sibanda said Ms Nyathi fled and sought refuge at a neighbour’s house.