Highlanders pitch-in­vad­ing fan dis­charged

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Court Re­porter

AN un­ruly Highlanders Foot­ball Club fan who jumped onto the pitch to cel­e­brate after his team scored dur­ing a soc­cer match at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium in Bu­l­awayo, has es­caped jail.

Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Ms Sithem­bile Ncube warned, cau­tioned and dis­charged the dread­locked Tendai Danga (33) of Northend sub­urb after con­vict­ing him of caus­ing disor­der con­duct in a pub­lic place .

Danga tried to dis­rupt a Pre­mier­ship match be­tween Highlanders FC and How Mine on Sun­day.

Ms Ncube con­demned Danga’s con­duct and warned that he risked go­ing to jail if he re­peated his ac­tions.

“Your con­duct is de­plorable and tan­ta­mount to caus­ing com­mo­tion in foot­ball matches. If you don’t re­pent from your con­duct, you risk go­ing to jail.

“How­ever, to­day you are sim­ply warned, cau­tioned and dis­charged,” ruled the mag­is­trate.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Ku­dak­washe Jar­avaza said on Au­gust 28, 2016 shortly after 3.30PM, Danga was watch­ing the match at the Soweto Bay when he un­law­fully en­tered the pitch after Highlanders scored a goal.

The court heard that Cleaopas Ng­amo and Richard Dlamini, who are Highlanders’ mar­shals, ap­pre­hended Danga and handed him over to the po­lice.

In mit­i­ga­tion, Danga pleaded for le­niency, say­ing he was a bread­win­ner look­ing after his wife and two mi­nor chil­dren.

He also apol­o­gised to the Highlanders chair­man Mr Peter Dube, say­ing he acted out of ex­cite­ment.

“I am sorry Your Wor­ship, it was not my in­ten­tion to dis­rupt the match.

“I was driven by ex­cite­ment after my team had scored and I found my­self in­side the pitch cel­e­brat­ing,” Danga said.

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