Man looses tooth in brawl with teen


A GWANDA man suffered a broken tooth after he was hit by a teenager for refusing to light up his cigarette.

Own correspondent

Priviledge Ncube (19) appeared at the Gwanda Magistrates’ Courts on charges of assaulting Melusi Keith Mhlanga (26).

Ncube pleaded not guilty, but was convicted by magistrate Olivia Mashava Mashaire after a full trial.

He was sentenced to 10 months in prison, which was wholly suspended on condition he performs 245 hours of community service.

Prosecutor Getrude Zvidzai told the court that on September 29 at around 4am the two were leaving a local bar where they had been drinking all night.

Mhlanga was smoking a cigarette when Ncube requested to have his cigarette lit.

Mhlanga refused, saying Ncube, who was a distance away, should come to him since he was the one who needed help.

This did not go down well with Ncube, who charged at Mhlanga and started assaulting him and kicking him, resulting in Mhlanga sustaining serious injuries.

A medical report by a dentist that was produced as evidence in court confirmed Mhlanga suffered a broken tooth as a result of the assault.

In his defence, Mhlanga said he had been provoked by Ncube’s response leading to a fight.