420 hours community service for punching magistrate


A 29-YEAR-OLD Chitungwiza man who punched Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo early this month accusing him of passing an unfavourable judgment on him nine years ago was yesterday ordered to perform 420 hours of community service.

Vimbai Marufu

Swedias Chirenda was initially sentenced to 18 months for assault when he appeared before magistrate Lazarus Murendo.

However, six months were suspended on condition of good behaviour while the remainder was set aside on condition he completes 420 hours of community service at Zengeza 8 Primary School in Chitungwiza.

Circumstances of the matter were that on June 1 this year, Chirenda met the complainant Makomo at a bar in Zengeza 5. Chirenda accused Makomo of having wrongfully convicted him some nine years ago.

Chirenda then punched the court official on the neck and on the ear before the complainant’s colleagues intervened and stopped the assault.

Norman Koropi appeared for the State.


  1. ᴍʏ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ’s sᴛᴇᴘ-sɪsᴛᴇʀ ᴍᴀᴋᴇs $82 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ . Sʜᴇ ʜᴀs ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ғᴏʀ 7 ᴍᴏɴᴛʜs ʙᴜᴛ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʜᴇʀ ᴘᴀʏ ᴡᴀs $14747 ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ғᴏʀ ᴀ ғᴇᴡ ʜᴏᴜʀs. ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʜᴇʀᴇ……….


  2. Uuuuuu, Zim maybe headed somewhere, Mapositori beat ZRP, granted bail and soon will be free, man bash magistrate given community service, well, whats next?

  3. This story appears one-sided. The reporter can do a better job, or we will speculate that this was a bottle store fight between people who had had one too many

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