Man to pay for breaking Chicken Inn chair

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A 33-YEAR-OLD Gweru man fell asleep at a Chicken Inn fast-food outlet.  Thinking a cleaner was about to strike him with a broom, in panic, he grabbed a chair and threw it at the janitor.

Report by Stephen Chadenga

Nyasha Mataga of 97, 9th Street Gweru, was slapped with a wholly suspended sentence on condition that he pays $50 for the chair he broke when he appeared before Gweru magistrate Gertrude Manyonyose.

The State proved that Mataga thought Munyaradzi Tanda wanted to assault him with a broom and he threw a chair at him.

For the offence, Manyonyose sentenced the accused to three months in prison on charges of malicious damage to property.

She, however, wholly suspended the sentence on condition the accused person pays $50 restitution for the broken chair.

The court heard that on Saturday at around 3:30am Tanda saw the accused person sitting and fast asleep on a chair at Chicken Inn near the broom he used for sweeping.

Tanda went on to collect the broom, but the accused person, in panic, thought he was about to be assaulted, jumped and grabbed the chair before throwing it at the cleaner.

The chair broke into pieces and Tanda approached his superiors before a report was made to the police, leading to the arrest of the accused person.