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Gutu magistrate gets tough over violence

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A  Bhasera man was last week sentenced to 30 days in prison for assaulting a bar tender at Takurambizi Bar at Bhasera Growth Point early this year.
Aaron Makuma (21),  assaulted the bar tender, only  identified as Action, around midnight leaving him with blood shot eyes and bleeding from the nose after  he ordered him to leave the bar since it was time to lock the bar.  Makuma refused saying that he was still enjoying his drink and was not ready to leave.
Makuma pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before Gutu Resident Magistrate Edwin Marecha. In mitigation Makuma, however, pleaded with the magistrate to pardon him saying he was drunk and he was the only one taking care of his siblings since all his parents were dead.
The magistrate said that Bhasera is now infamous for violence and something needed to be done sooner than later as the violence may result in murder hence the act did not deserve to be punished by community service or a fine but imprisonment. He said he would take into consideration what he had said in mitigation and slapped him with 30 days in prison.
Similar cases of violence have been recorded.  One such case involved a father and two sons, (the Potes) who are in custody for assaulting a woman at the growth point for allegedly dancing in the bar close to Pote. The other case involved Grace Gonye of Magara Village who assaulted her brother-in-law, Eria Makoni.
Cases of violence in Gutu have been on the rise with an incredible number being recorded since mid-January this year after Marecha announced that assault charges were breaking a new record.  He later said he would move from community service and the payment of fines to imprisonment.
Agatha Gabriel prosecuted.

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