A MANAGER with a supermarket chain in Bulawayo has appeared in court for biting a police officer’s finger in a suspected love triangle.
Report by Richard Muponde Senior Court Reporter
The suspect, Ronald Phiri, denied the assault charge when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gladys Mushowe on Wednesday.
He was remanded out of custody to November 26 for trial.
In his defence, Phiri said he bit the policeman, Norman Chidamba, in self-defence after the latter allegedly pulled his neck tie in an apparent attempt to choke him.
Chidamba’s wife, Patience Muchera, exonerated Phiri, saying her husband was to blame because he just pounced on Phiri without any provocation.
She said her husband saw her in Phiri’s vehicle discussing some issues since they were workmates, and assaulted him.
Muchera denied that Phiri was her boyfriend.
The State counsel told the court that on October 17 at around 7:30pm, Chidamba was at his home in North End after having returned home from his station in Gweru unannounced. When he was in the house, he heard the sound of a vehicle outside and peeped through the window.
He allegedly saw Phiri and his wife Muchera hugging and kissing while outside the car. Chidamba went to the vehicle and tried to remove the car keys from the ignition board, but Phiri allegedly bit him on his left finger.
Phiri then allegedly drove off after which Chidamba made a police report, leading to Phiri’s arrest.