GWERU — A warrant officer at Thornhill Airbase in Gweru has been fined $200 for beating up a Mvuma woman following a misunderstanding over a missing dog.
George Ndiriishe Mhangami (54) was convicted on his own plea of guilty to the charge when he appeared before Gweru magistrate Jeslene Mashiri.
Initially, Mashiri slapped him with a six-month jail term but then suspended it on condition he paid $200 fine, failing which he would be jailed for an effective three months.
The court heard on October 22, Mhangami sent his domestic worker to the complainant, Irene Manono, who resides in Mvuma, to collect his dog.
The domestic worker, however, returned without the dog, claiming he had been sent away by the complainant because he had no identity particulars.
Mhangami then teamed up with his domestic employee and went to the complainant’s residence where they untied the dog without informing her.
This led to a misunderstanding and Mhangami struck the woman twice on the face with open hands. He further assaulted her with clenched fists and a sjambok several times all over the body.
Mhangami admitted to assaulting the complainant, but denied using clenched fists.
“I only clapped her once on the cheek and struck her with the sjambok three times, your worship. It was out of anger,” he said.
A medical report produced in court confirmed the injuries.
Walter Chikanda represented Mhangami while Michael Mhene prosecuted.