14 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Tinopona's Assault Case Spills Into Court

Photo: Tinopona Katsande/Facebook
Tinopona Katsande

THE case in which Harare socialite and Zi-FM presenter Tinopona Katsande was assaulted yesterday spilled into court with her lover facing physical abuse charges. Katsande (33) sustained a swollen and bruised face following an altercation with her boyfriend Brian Munjodzi (39), who accused her of being disrespectful.

It is alleged that Munjodzi punched and kicked Katsande all over her body before trying to throttle her after she had refused to join him in the lounge.

Munjodzi, who owns a nightclub, was not asked to plead to the charges when he appeared before Mbare magistrate Mr Reuben Mukavhi.

He was remanded to November 29 for trial on US$100 bail.

As part of his bail conditions, Munjodzi was ordered not to interfere with witnesses, especially Katsande, and to reside at his given address in New Marimba until the matter is finalised.

Munjodzi, through his lawyer Mr Stead Kachere of Musarira Law Chambers, told the court that he was not entirely denying the allegations but questioned the manner in which he is said to have committed the crime.

Katsande showed signs of pain throughout the court session, as she was assisted by a friend to walk to the witness stand.

Appearing for the State, Ms Mirirai Mavhemwa-Chagwedera alleged that on November 10 around 8pm Munjodzi phoned Katsande and asked her to come over to his house.

When she arrived at the house, it is alleged Munjodzi was waiting for her outside and the two went inside.

Katsande, the court heard, proceeded to the toilet and later went to the bedroom while Munjodzi remained in the lounge.

It is further alleged that Munjodzi asked Katsande to join him in the lounge and she refused, insisting that she was tired and wanted to sleep.

This did not go down well with Munjodzi, who followed her to the bedroom and allegedly dragged her to the lounge while pulling her hair.

It is the State's case that Munjodzi punched and kicked her on the chest.

He then pushed her against the wall, refrigerator and stove before trying to strangle her until she bled from the nose and mouth, it is alleged. The court heard that Katsande tried to run away but Munjodzi dragged her back into the house despite pleas from his tenants to stop assaulting her.

Munjodzi further assaulted Katsande in front of his tenants while accusing her of not listening to him.

After the assault, it is alleged Munjodzi ordered Katsande to go and sleep.

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