A Bulawayo-based car dealer has been slapped with a 42-month jail term for brutally striking a police officer with an empty beer bottle on the forehead resulting in him sustaining a deep cut.
Brandon Hingi (25) from Nketa 8 suburb carried out the savage and supposedly alcohol-fuelled attack on Christopher Chindiya (27) on 16 May 2021 at the Bulawayo Athletics Club popularly known as BAC.
However, Hingi is going to spend 30 months in jail after 12 months of his sentence were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.
Magistrate Tavengwa Sangster convicted him on his own plea of guilty to a charge of assault.
In coming up with the sentence, magistrate Sangster took into consideration the fact that the assault from the observation of the doctor had ‘‘very’’ serious after-effects.
The State proved that on 16 May 2021 around midnight, the complainant was at Bulawayo Athletics Club.
As they were going out of the club, the complainant’s friend lost his phone. He then accused Hingi of having taken it and that caused a misunderstanding between the two.
Chindiya then approached the accused who was arguing with his friend over the stolen cellphone. The accused then hit the complainant once on the forehead with an empty beer bottle.
The complainant sustained a cut on the forehead and was referred to a hospital for medication. The matter was reported to the police leading to Hingi’s arrest.
In mitigation, Hingi pleaded for leniency saying his girlfriend was expecting and that when he committed the offence, he was angry that the complainant’s friend had falsely accused him of stealing his cellphone B-Metro reports.