A 27-year-old man was yesterday arraigned before a Gweru magistrate for allegedly assaulting a prostitute and breaking her leg for drinking beer and dancing with another man.

Peterson James of Mkoba Village 9 in Gweru appeared yesterday before magistrate Vimbai Makora facing a charge of assault.

He was remanded out of custody on free bail to Tuesday next week for sentencing.

The state's case is that on 23 June at around 11AM, the complainant, Margaret Kachikira was in the company of friends drinking beer at Chipochangu bar at Mkoba Village 10 Shopping Centre.

Kachikira was with her friends, David Nyamwenda and a lady identified only as Mercy.

It is alleged that the complainant took to the dance floor with her drinking partner Nyamwenda.

The court heard that while the two were dancing, the accused entered the bar and spotted them.

As they were dancing, James is alleged to have grabbed the complainant's hand and started dragging her towards the exit.

When they got outside, James is said to have forcefully pushed the complainant to the ground.

The complainant is said to have broken her leg and was taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital for treatment.

The matter was later reported to the police leading to the arrest of the accused.

Peason Muringani prosecuted.

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