TWO police officers appeared in court for beating up a Bulawayo nightclub owner for not closing his joint on time.
Just like police brutality portrayal in American movies, Philemon Mushore (43), proprietor of Legends Sport Bar and Diner in Parklands was on 19 June around 11.45pm, taken from inside the club, handcuffed, dragged and beaten outside.
The two cops, Brian Matunzeni (32) and Luke Machanga, age not given, are said to have “ trampled” on their target until he lost his prescribed spectacles.
They appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tinashe Tashaya facing a charge of assault and pleaded not guilty.
During the trial Mushore told the court that the two officers came to his bar and told him that he was under arrest for operating beyond the prescribed time.
“Matunzeni and Machanga firmly handcuffed and forcefully dragged me out of the shop in excruciating pain. A new set of handcuffs were tightly used on my left hand. They tripped me to the ground and I fell headlong.
“While I was down they pinned me and trampled my head with their boots as a result I lost my valuables including my prescription spectacles,” said Mushore.
The two officers stunned the court when they refused the medical report to be tendered as evidence. They challenged its authenticity citing that it lacked credibility.
“Your worship this medical report is not acceptable as evidence. He might have cooked it in his sports bar. The medical affidavit was commissioned by Constable Zengeni at Mpilo hospital. The certificate was supposed to be commissioned by a police officer with the rank of inspector and above.
“Further, it doesn’t indicate what the doctor did. No examination was made and the certificate is silent whether the said bruises were observed or not,” they alleged.
Prosecuting, Dumisani Ndlovu told the court that on 19 June around 11.45pm the complainant was at his place of business when Matunzeni and Machanga who were on duty came to his bar and told him he was under arrest.
“The two accused persons handcuffed the complainant and dragged him out of the shop. The handcuffs were tight and the complainant fell on his knees because of the pain. They tripped and stamped his head on the ground,” he said.
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