Ten­ant loses teeth af­ter at­tack by land­lord’s rel­a­tive

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

A MAN from New Mag­wegwe sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo lost two teeth af­ter his land­lord’s rel­a­tive pounced on him de­mand­ing ren­tals.

The man had been oc­cu­py­ing the house for only two weeks when the rel­a­tive de­manded rent at around 9.30PM and knocked out his two teeth in a bru­tal as­sault.

Lawrence Mutero (32) pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing Mr Theophelus Chi­hoza (37) who ap­peared in court hob­bling on crutches.

His up­per lip was swollen, one eye was puffed up and he could not open it.

Mutero told court that he was un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol when he as­saulted Mr Chi­hoza.

“I’m sorry Your Wor­ship, I was drunk when I as­saulted Chi­hoza. It’s just that we had been knock­ing for a very long time and by the time he opened the door I had lost my tem­per. I’m sorry,” said Mutero.

Western Com­mon­age Mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu sen­tenced Mutero to 14 months in jail. He sus­pended six months for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour. Eight months were com­muted to 280 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at Lu­veve Po­lice Sta­tion.

“What you did is un­ac­cept­able es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that you had gone to the house at an odd hour on be­half of the land­lord. You did not even give the com­plainant an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain him­self. This court doesn’t con­done such be­hav­iour. How­ever, it shall con­sider that you are a first of­fender so will give you a sec­ond chance,” said Mr Ndhlovu.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Keneth Shava told the court that Mutero went to Mr Chi­hodza’s house on Sun­day at 9:30PM.

“The com­plainant had al­ready re­tired to bed. He opened the door as the knock­ing per­sisted. As he opened the door the ac­cused per­son pounced on him. He as­saulted com­plainant three times on the mouth shout­ing that he had not paid his ren­tals. Com­plainant lost two teeth dur­ing the at­tack,” said Mr Shava. —@ tan­nytkay

Theophelus Chi­hoza

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