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Isabel Ndlovu

ZVISHAVANE – Lot Sibanda of Mandava in Zvishavane was recently dragged to the Zvishavane Magistrates' Court facing charges of deliberately destroying a colleague's car.
He appeared before magistrate Peter Madiba accused of hiring a person to damage Admire Mayenga's car and was remanded out of custody since the magistrate found it necessary for him to undergo psychiatric tests before standing trial.
Prior to his appearance, Sibanda had behaved weirdly; refusing to pay for a soft drink and some biscuits he had taken from a vendor outside court.
After eating, he said he did not have any money, and was put under police custody until his wife rescued him by paying.
In court, Sibanda stood accused of assigning an unidentified person to go and cut up Admire Mayenga's car with a chisel.
The assigned person allegedly went to where the car was parked and did as he was told to do but the victim was later notified about the incident and he went to the police station to make a report.
When the police attended the scene they found the car in shambles.
The roof, door and the bonnet had been completely hacked off.
In his defence, Sibanda said he was tasked by council to clear all the scrap in Mandava as part of his campaign to stand as a Ward Councillor candidate in the 2018 elections.
He said he thought Mayenga's car was scrap.
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