A 29-YEAR-OLD Marondera motorist has been sentenced to nine months in prison for slapping a traffic police officer, who had impounded his unlicensed vehicle.
Marondera magistrate Tatenda Makwanya found Shelton Makuwadza guilty of assault.
Makuwadza was last Friday convicted of slapping police officer, Phillip Chirenda, despite entering a plea of not guilty.
The court later set aside three months of the sentence on condition of good behaviour, while the remaining six months were wholly suspended on condition he performs 210 hours of community service at Rakodzi High School in Marondera.
According to court papers, on March 17 this year, Chirenda teamed up with officials from the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority and found that Makuwadza’s car, a Nissan CTDIZ truck (Reg AAA 5332), had an expired licence disc.
The vehicle was unattended and no one knew about the driver’s whereabouts.
A municipal police tow-away vehicle drove to the scene and, as the vehicle was about to be taken to the police station, Makuwadza confronted Chirenda and identified himself, as the owner.
He then slapped the complainant twice on the right cheek and blocked the law enforcement agents from towing away the vehicle.
After the assault, Makuwadza fled from the scene and was only arrested later when the police reaction group was called in for assistance.
Tariro Shirichena represented the State.