Zvishavane - A man from Negove in Mberengwa was last week convicted by Zvishavane magistrate Shepherd Munjanja for allegedly un-thatching and destroying his brother's hut.
Tinashe Moyo, (34) was charged for malicious damage to property and was sentenced to six months in jail after the magistrate found him guilty. Two months were however suspended on condition of good behaviour.
The other three months were suspended after the accused showed remorse with the court also considering he has a family to look after as a bread winner.
The magistrate then ordered that he serve 105 hours of community service at Negove Clinic after which he will have to pay back US$350 by September 30, 2016 to the complainant to compensate him for the loss he suffered.
It was the State's case that on a day unknown to the courts, Tinashe connived with his sister, Ruvarashe Moyo, to un-thatch and subsequently destroy a hut belonging to the accused's younger brother Tapiwa Moyo.
The court heard that sometime back, Tinashe thatched a hut for Tapiwa which but the complaint delayed paying for the service.
The accused then demanded his money as per agreement but the complainant promised to pay the money in two days' time.
This did not go well with Tinashe who then set to undo the work he had done on the hut and went on to raze down the walls of the hut.
In his defence, Tinashe said he wanted Tapiwa to build a new hut for himself so that he would feel how painful it was to be made to work without payment.
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