A MANAMA man suffered a fractured skull after being hit on the head with a stone for intervening in a misunderstanding over a missing snooker ball.
According to medical records, Mandlenkosi Moyo (36) is in danger of suffering permanent disability following the
This came to light when Lloyd Takarinda (24) of Rusape appeared before Gwanda magistrate Arafat Kozanai facing assault charges.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months.
Takarinda will, however, spend an effective 13 months in jail after five months were wholly suspended for five years on condition he does not commit an assault offence or violence against another person within that period.
Prosecutor Getrude Zvidzai told the court that Takarinda and Moyo were watching a World Cup soccer match and playing snooker at Manama Bottle Store last Sunday when the latter got into an argument with one Mpumelelo Mathema over a missing snooker ball.
Moyo then intervened, but this did not go down well with Takarinda who punched and then dragged him outside the bar.
Takarinda picked up a stone and struck Moyo on the head and fled.
The matter was reported to the police while Moyo was rushed to hospital where he was treated.
In passing sentence, the magistrate said although Takarinda was a first offender, he had started at the deep end.
“What is aggravatory is that you struck the complainant using a stone on the head over a misunderstanding which arose from a missing snooker ball. You should learn to use dialogue instead of fighting over petty issues,” Kozanai said.
“The medical report does not save you as it shows that you used severe force and there is a likelihood of disability on the complainant. In this respect, a custodial sentence is called for.”