Cattle herder in court over assault

By Patience Chabata

A herd boy from Zhombe is in trouble with the law after assaulting  Freemon Maseko over issues of witchcraft.

Tichaona Muzembi (20) has appeared before Kwekwe Magistrate Siamukhelisiwe Gumbo facing charges of assault.

It is the state’s case that on the 30th of April 2021 around 1200hours in Zhombe, Muzembi assaulted Maseko using a hose pipe. It is said he beat him several times intending to hurt him leading the complainant to sustain injuries. Maseko reported the assault to the police, leading to the arrest of the accused.

A medical report was produced as evidence in court.

The accused admitted he assaulted Maseko over witchcraft issues.

“Yes I am admitting that I assaulted Maseko, the reason being that he was spreading a rumour saying that I accused him of bewitching me and he told people he was the one who caused problems in my life,” he said.

Muzembi pleaded guilty to the charges saying he committed the offence out of anger.

“I committed the offense out of anger. I failed to control myself,” he said.

The accused went on to say, “what I did was wrong I assaulted an old man, may he please forgive me.”

The accused was remanded in custody for sentencing.

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