Nicholas Moyo (26) of New Lobengula suburb in Bulawayo yesterday appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya facing charges of kidnapping and assaulting Constable Nicholas Mbwende (27) with a sjambok.
Moyo was remanded in custody to today for provision of a trial date. The court heard that on July 7 at around 11.30PM, Constable Mbwende, who was in plain clothes, was on duty patrolling along Lobengula Street saw Moyo drinking beer inside his car, a Honda Fit in the company of an unidentified friend. Mbwende approached the two men and introduced himself to Moyo before arresting him for public drinking. He ordered Moyo to accompany him to Bulawayo Central Police Station to pay an admission of guilt fine.
Moyo requested to use his car to go to the police station and Mbwende got in. Along the way, Moyo diverted and drove towards Mpopoma suburb. When he arrived in Mpopoma, Moyo pulled off the road and stopped the car and brought out a sjambok and started assaulting the complainant several times on the head and hands. Moyo then got out of the car, picked stones and continued to attack the police officer who sustained a deep cut on the head, bruises on both hands and a swollen upper lip.
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