VENDOR ASSAULTS SPIKE BEARING POLICE OFFICER | A vendor who assaulted a police officer has been fined $300 or risks going to prison for four months.
In addition, Barnabas Mwanaka (35) was sentenced to six months in prison, which were wholly suspended for five years on condition he does not commit a similar offence within that period.
Mwanaka, who is on remand on a murder charge, was convicted of assault by Ms Victoria Mashamba after a full trial. He was however acquitted on the charge of defeating or obstructing the course of justice. On the murder charge, Mwanaka and his alleged accomplices reportedly attacked and killed a policeman during a demonstration recently.
They allegedly stoned Talkmore Phiri (rank not given) and his workmate, Constable Concillia Gumbo, who fell from a police vehicle as a result. The accused persons proceeded to punch and kick Phiri, leading to his death. On the assault charge, prosecutor Ms Patience Chimusaru urged the court to send Mwanaka to prison, saying he did not have respect for the law, and law enforcement agents.