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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, April 11, 1967 An African woman told Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate’sCourt yes­ter­day her friend’s em­ployer had hit her on the face with a sjam­bok when he found her in the ser­vants’ quar­ters be­hind his house.Be­fore Mr B Car­pen­ter on a charge of as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous body harm, was busi­ness man,Ebrahim Is­mail.af­ter ev­i­dence, the charge was re­duced to one of com­mon as­sault, to which Is­mail pleaded guilty. He was fined 2 pounds or (four days).El­iz­a­beth Sibanda told the court that Is­mail had found her and an­other woman in his ser­vants’ quar­ters on March 29.He beat the other woman about the legs with a sjam­bok as she ran out and then hit the com­plainant on the face, she said. She said this blow made a gash along the side of her left eye.Mr Lionel Kon­son(Joel Pin­cus and Kon­son), who ap­peared on be­half of Is­mail, said it was pos­si­ble the woman gashed her eye on the door as she ran out. The door opened in­wards, he said, and his client had told the woman had dis­turbed the door as she left. DrArthur Mil­ner, who in­spected the wound said it was not the type caused by a blow from the mid­dle of a sjam­bok. MrKon­son then asked that the charge be re­duced to com­mon as­sault. He said his client ad­mit­ted this charge. He has aimed a blow at the woman as she ran out of the door and did not know whether it had hit her or not, he said.

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