Zimbabwe drunken soldier escapes prison

An armed member of the Zimbabwe National Army provides security for the proceedings on the second and final day of the Zanu pf National Peoples Conference in Goromonzi, 45 kilometres east of Harare, Saturday, Dec, 16, 2006. During the conference Zimbabwe President Mugabe has called for unity in the troubled southern African nation which is facing its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1980, and attacked western countries. (AP PHOTO/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

A drunken soldier based at KGVI yesterday escaped a prison term and was fined $250 for punching a Chitungwiza woman after she challenged him for fondling her at a bottle store.

Sarah Kabvembe (27) of Unit O lost her tooth after George Karimupfumbi (44), a soldier, lost his temper at the former’s sister’s bottle store in the same location.

The incident occurred on December 13 at around 6pm when Kabvembe was seated in her sister’s bottle store where Karimupfumbi was drinking beer.

Karimupfumbi who was drunk fondled Kabvembe’s thigh and this angered her.

On enquiring why he had done that, Karimupfumbi turned violent and grabbed Kabvembe’s head.

He then started pulling off her braids.

The court heard that Karimupfumbi punched her on the mouth once and she lost her front tooth in the scuffle.

Kabvembe went to report the matter to the police leading to his arrest.

Appearing before Chitungwiza magistrate Mr Lazarus Murendo, Karimupfumbi pleaded guilty to assault charges.

Mr Murendo slapped him with the fine or he will spend three months in prison if he defaults.

In addition, Karimupfumbi was sentenced to a wholly suspended four months prison term on condition of good behaviour.

Mr Tatenda Mukatera prosecuted.

Source: Herald