A soldier based in Nyanga was yesterday jailed for an effective six months in prison for stoning a vehicle and damaging its windows, following an argument with a motorist.
Report by Our Senior Court Reporter
Gift Moyo (19) pleaded not guilty to malicious damage to property, but was convicted by Western Commonage magistrate Richard Ramaboea.
He was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Six months were conditionally suspended for five years.
Another six months were suspended on condition he paid $480 restitution.
He will serve six months in prison.
State counsel Tatenda Dakwa told the court that on October 20 at 7pm, the complainant Misheck Dube was driving his omnibus, a Toyota Quantum, along Nketa Drive.
When he arrived at Nketa 8 turnoff, he wanted to turn right while Moyo and his friend were walking, coming from the opposite direction.
However, they did not give him the right of way and Dube had to swerve to avoid hitting them.
Moyo and his colleague started shouting at Dube and he stopped his vehicle to inquire what was happening.
Before he could alight, Moyo’s friends started assaulting him.
Moyo picked up stones and smashed the vehicle’s windows. A police report was made, leading to his arrest.