Tout jailed for in­sult­ing pas­sen­ger

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Su­l­ul­wenkosi Dube Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

A PLUMTREE tout who has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for in­sult has been sentenced to six months in jail for in­sult­ing a bus pas­sen­ger while his ac­com­plice has been or­dered to pay a $200 fine for fondling her.

David Rwatiringa (34) was con­victed on his own plea of guilty to crim­i­nal in­sult by Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon. He was sentenced to nine months im­pris­on­ment, but three months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that he does not within the pe­riod com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence.

His col­league, Re­mem­ber Bobo (22), pleaded not guilty to in­de­cent as­sault charges but was con­victed due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

Mr Phile­mon or­dered Bobo to pay the $200 fine by July 31 to avoid a two months jail term.

The court heard that Bobo fon­dled the but­tocks of the com­plainant and when she com­plained Rwatiringa in­sulted her.

Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said Bobo and Rwatiringa com­mit­ted the of­fences on May 13.

‘’On 13 May around 8PM, the com­plainant was at Plumtree Bor­der Post where she wanted to board Ku­rai Bus.

‘‘Bobo touched her shoul­ders and fon­dled her but­tocks.

‘’ The woman protested and Rwatiringa in­sulted her saying: ‘What is so spe­cial about your but­tocks, are you a vir­gin?” said Mrs Sibanda.

She said the woman re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice and the two men were ar­rested.

The woman told the court that Bobo ap­proached her as she was board­ing the bus and of­fered to as­sist her to carry her lug­gage.

She said she turned him down and walked away but Bobo fol­lowed and held her shoul­ders and fon­dled her but­tocks.

A bus com­pany, Jay Jay Travel and Tours re­cently dragged Rwatiringa to court for ha­rass­ing their pas­sen­gers at the Plumtree Bor­der Post.

The bus com­pany, which was be­ing rep­re­sented by its man­ager, Mr Ken­nard Nzi­ra­masanga, was granted a court in­ter­dict bar­ring Rwatiringa from get­ting any­where near its buses.

Mr Nzi­ra­masanga told the court that Rwatiringa was in the habit of in­sult­ing, ha­rass­ing and de­mand­ing money from Jay Jay Bus pas­sen­gers at the Plumtree Bor­der Post.

Rwatiringa was in May 2011 sentenced to nine months im­pris­on­ment for in­sult­ing a woman by telling her that she was a pros­ti­tute.

Last year in July he was sentenced to per­form 210 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at Plumtree mag­is­trate’s court for hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with a Grade 7 pupil.

In Novem­ber 2011 he was sentenced to two years im­pris­on­ment for as­sault.

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