A STANLEY and Livingstone Hotel security guard has been sentenced to perform 105 hours of community service as well as to compensate his girlfriend $455 for striking her with a wooden chair resulting in the loss of four front teeth.
Lovemore Mugande (33) of Sizinda village under Chief Gutu appeared before the Victoria Falls resident magistrate Sharon Rosemani facing assault charges and was convicted on his own plea of guilty.
The court heard that on May 27 at around 7pm, Mugande visited his girlfriend Beauty Dube (38) at her homestead in the company of his friend.
Dube allegedly exchanged phone numbers with Mugande’s friend in his presence and this did not go well with Mugande who accused his girlfriend of disrespecting him by flirting in his presence.
The two exchanged harsh words and Mugande knocked Dube with the chair several times on the head.
She fell unconscious and was taken to hospital.
Rosemani told Mugande that the court was lenient on him because he was a family man with minor children.
“I considered your mitigation that you are a family man with two wives, but what I find undesirable is that you picked a wooden stool and hit her on a delicate part knowing you were risking her life,” she said.
“She has lost four of her front teeth and you have altered her appearance for the rest of her life.
“Why did you act like a possessed person yet you have two wives and you stated that you are not prepared to marry her?” Rosemani quizzed.
Dube told the court that she had forgiven Mugande and said they were still lovers.
Mugande was sentenced to seven months in prison of which one month was suspended for three years on condition he does not commit a similar offence.
Three months were suspended on condition that he does 105 hours of community service at Chamabondo Primary School and the remaining three months were suspended on condition that he compensated Dube $455 before July 31.