A Gweru tout has been brought before the court by a pirate taxi driver for cutting him in the arm in a dispute over passengers.
Job Muroyiwa (age not given) pleaded not guilty when he was brought before magistrate Rongai Muchena on the charge of assaulting Simbarashe Chamusa.
Chamusa presented evidence of a medical report of his injury and the matter has been deferred to January 5 next year for testimonies from witnesses to the matter.
Allegations are that on December 12 this year at around 3.30pm, Chamusa was ferrying passengers from town and Muroyiwa and his accomplices tailed them in a commuter omnibus.
When Chamusa got to Lundi Park, he stopped his car to drop off a passenger at a bus stop, which is when the commuter omnibus Muroyiwa was in stopped ahead to block the complainant’s car.
Muroyiwa then disembarked from the vehicle with two friends, approached Chamusa’s car, got into complainant’s car from the passenger side while one of his friends blocked the driver’s door.
It is alleged that Muroyiwa, who was visibly agitated, questioned why Chamusa was carrying passengers while he was not licensed at the same time depriving licenced operators customers.
Sensing danger, Chamusa did not respond to the question, which further angered the accused, who then reached over to pull out the keys from the ignition.
A scuffle ensued between the two and in the process Muroyiwa cut the complainant with an unknown object and bent the car keys.
Chamusa then tried to escape, but he was tripped by Muroyiwa’s friend who was at his door and fell to the ground.
The driver of the commuter omnibus then drove to a nearby police station and came back with two police officers, with the intent of getting Chamusa arrested.
There was, however, a dramatic twist as the police then arrested Muroyiwa when they realised that Chamusa had been injured.