A 23-YEAR-OLD man from Victoria Falls was arrested and appeared in court for assaulting a police officer with a brick in a bar.
Enock Ndlovu of Mkhosana suburb hit Kudakwashe Ndonga (47), a sergeant stationed at Victoria Falls Criminal Intelligence Unit, with a brick on the back of the head before running away from the scene at Chinotimba Old Bar.
This was heard by Victoria Falls magistrate Ms Rangarirai Gakanje. Ndonga pleaded guilty to the assault charge and was sentenced to four months in prison.
Two months were suspended on condition of good behaviour while a further two months were brought into effect for a previous assault conviction. Ndlovu will serve an effective four months in prison.
Asked why he committed the offence, Ndonga told the court that he was drunk and did not know what happened.
“I was drunk and failed to control myself. I don’t know what was happening to me. It just happened,” he said as he pleaded with the magistrate for leniency.
“Your Worship, may you give me a lesser sentence so that I will be able to take care of my child as she goes to school. I’m the family’s sole bread winner because my wife does not work,” said Ndlovu.
Ms Gakanje told Ndlovu that he committed a serious crime and was a danger to society as he occasionally assaults people.
For the State, the prosecutor Mr Jacob Kuzipa said on June 16, last year, at around 8PM at Chinotimba Old Bar, the accused hit the complainant with a brick when the latter tried to restore order where people were playing pool.
“On the 16th day of June 2019 at around 2000hrs at Chinotimba Old Bar where there was violence while people were playing pool, the complainant started cooling down the violence by talking to the pool players to play the game peacefully. The accused suddenly hit the complainant with a brick and ran away,” said Mr Kuzipa.