Driver jumps out of mov­ing taxi ‘to fix’ cop

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa @tan­nytkay

A BU­L­AWAYO pi­rate taxi driver al­legedly jumped out of a mov­ing ve­hi­cle to fix a po­lice of­fi­cer who had boarded it af­ter ar­rest­ing him.

The ve­hi­cle ca­reened into a storm drain while the cop and a pas­sen­ger screamed for help.

The driver, Japhet Ny­athi (23), al­legedly tried to jump over a pre­cast wall as he es­caped from the scene but it crum­bled.

Ny­athi pleaded guilty to a charge of ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty.

Western com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndlovu re­manded Ny­athi out of cus­tody to Wed­nes­day.

Ny­athi apol­o­gised to the court, say­ing that he had al­ready started pay­ing for the wall.

“I’m sorry your wor­ship I re­ally don’t know what had got­ten into me. I’m in the process of pay­ing the owner of the house,” said Ny­athi.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Ken­neth Shava told the court that on July 17 Ny­athi passed a road­block at Pu­mula more than eight times.

He said one of the of­fi­cers on duty sus­pected that he was pi­rat­ing and de­cided to board his ve­hi­cle.

“Once in­side the of­fi­cer asked ac­cused per­son to park his car by the road­side.

“Ac­cused per­son ac­cel­er­ated. He sud­denly jumped out of the car. He jumped over a pre­cast wall caus­ing it to fall. To­tal value of the de­mol­ished wall is $300,” said Mr Shava.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment made by the cop, Ny­athi said he wanted to fix po­lice of­fi­cers for ha­rass­ing pi­rat­ing driv­ers.

“He said po­lice of­fi­cers would learn a les­son for ha­rass­ing them. He re­fused to stop and in­creased speed. He even re­fused to drop one of his pas­sen­gers in Pu­mula,” read the state­ment.

The po­lice of­fi­cer said Ny­athi jumped out of his mov­ing ve­hi­cle which then plunged into a trench.

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