FIVE Zimbabwe Saints Football Club players have been locked up in remand prison for allegedly assaulting two people whom they suspected of stealing a mobile phone and two pairs of tackies at the club’s sports club.
REPORT BY SILAS NKALA
Marshal Chirume (43), Norman Jero (32), Forward Choko (31), Fredrick William (23), who all resides at the Zimbabwe Saints Sports Club, and Prosper Kashumba (25), a member of the Zimbabwe National Army based at HQ1 Brigade in Bulawayo, were not asked to pleaded to assault charges when they appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Takundwa Witness Mtetwa last Thursday.
Mtetwa remanded them in custody to July 4 for trial.
In an affidavit attached to their court record, Zimbabwe Saints secretary Jabulani Chinyangarara indicated that the five were players at his club.
The complainants in the case are Clayton Shoko (33) of Queens Park East in Bulawayo and Stanley Mpehla (33) of Kensington suburb in Bulawayo.
It is the State case that the five players had a misunderstanding with Shoko whom they accused of stealing a cellphone and two pairs of tackies from
the sports club on June 18 at 11:20am.
When Shoko denied the allegations the five allegedly became violent and assaulted him with sticks and booted feet all over the body.
Later on the same day, they also accused Mpehla of the same allegations and when he denied the allegations they assaulted him in the same way they had done to Shoko.
The two victims were taken to hospital for medical examination and treatment.
But at the time when the matter was taken to court on Thursday, the medical examination results were still to be released.
The results are expected to be produced in court as evidence of the assault before the trial could begin.