MWENEZI – A Covenant Faith Ministries (CFM) pastor and his wife who run a commuter omnibus were allegedly recently bashed by their driver who wanted $25 that he had used to buy fuel for the vehicle.
Julius Chimbi heads the church in Chiredzi-Mwenezi and his wife Beauty Chakwesha is a teacher.
The accused Emmanuel Masendeke (31) pleaded not guilty before Mwenezi magistrate Honest Musiiwa to assault charges and was remanded out of custody to May 9, 2017 for continuation of trial.
However, although both of them were allegedly assaulted there was just one docket opened for Chwakwesha at the courts. Her husband Chimbi came as a witness.
Chakwesha threatened to undress in court to show the scratches she suffered from the assault.
"Do you want me to undress in court so that you see the marks? If you want to see come closer," said a fuming Chakwesha to a full packed court after Masendeke demanded to see the marks.
"He assaulted me with a log while my husband was dressing. He was demanding a $25 from us that he had given our conductor to buy fuel when he was the driver of the kombi," said Chwakwesha in court.
Prosecuting Willard Chasi told the court that on March 17 April this year at around 1600 hours at Chingambi primary school, Masendeke went to Chwakwesha's homestead where she was with her husband.
Upon arrival he asked for his money which he had used when he was working for the couple to buy fuel.
Chakwesha was told to wait for the arrival of Reason Chimbi who was the conductor so that he could explain what actually transpired.
This did not go well with Masendeke who took a switch and tried to strike Chakwesha's husband but she blocked the switch.
Masendeke then struck Chakwesha several times with the switch on the left hand and she sustained some injuries.
A report was made to the Police leading to the arrest of the accused. Chakwesha was medically examined and the medical report was produced in court as exhibit.