Court frees woman undertaker accused of stoning cop

Zimstar News

A 27-year-old Rusape woman employed as an undertaker has been acquitted by a local court after she was arrested recently for allegedly stoning a police officer while resisting arrest.

Nomatter Chikunguru, according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights which handled her defence, had claimed that police were victimising her after she had spurned sexual advances from one of them.

She was accused of violently resisting arrest when she was allegedly caught violating Covid-19 lockdown regulations.

According to police, she was shouting and throwing stones at one Constable Brian Kasu who was among a group of officers deployed to enforce some regulations to curb the spread of coronavirus.

She was charged with assaulting or resisting a peace officer.

The incident, court was told during trial, happened 9 April this year at around 11pm when police officers who were on night patrol raided a bottle store at Mabvazuva Shopping Centre.

Chikunguru, prosecutors said, was caught by a police dog as ZRP officers were reportedly trying to disperse a riotous “mob”.

She was arrested while she was going home from her workplace at Rusape General Hospital, where she is employed as a mortician by Heritage Funeral Parlour.

However, Magistrate Mangwiro recently acquitted Chikunguru after a full trial.

In her defence, Chikunguru, who was represented by Peggy Tavagadza, argued police targeted her for the charges “to cover up for abuse of power and brutality by Kasu and that she was a victim of police brutality who required the protection of the law”.

Chikunguru charged that she was ill-treated by Kasu after she spurned his sexual advances and that some police officers had refused to assist her to report a case against the police officer and had to engage Tavagadza to file a complaint against ZRP officers.