GOKWE — Four members of the ZCC Mutendi Church were on Tuesday locked up in remand prison after they allegedly attacked a resident, who they have been in a long-standing house dispute with.
REPORT BY SILAS NKALA
Govhati Mutendi (37), Frank Mutendi (29), Webster Mutendi (25) and Tanaka Mutendi (24) were not asked to plead to assault charges when they appeared before Gokwe magistrate Sheppard Mjanja.
The magistrate remanded them in custody to today after the State requested for time to assess and revise the charges.
The court heard that the Mutendis and the complainant, Melody Sayeya of number 2666 Mapfungautsi in Gokwe, have a long-standing house dispute.
On May 24 this year at 10am, the four went to Sayeya’s house and ordered her to vacate it before they went away.
They returned a few hours later and ordered her to pack all her goods and move out.
They again left, but upon their return, Sayeya had not vacated.
It is the State case that they became violent and Frank picked a wooden stool and threw it onto the French door.
The others also picked bricks and threw them onto window panes. One of the “missiles” hit Sayeya.
They allegedly further manhandled her and pushed her to the wall.
Sayeya later reported the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of the four.