Masvingo-based comedian Dennis Rusoso (38), famed for his role as VaMayaya in the Sabhuku Vharazipi drama, recently appeared before magistrate Godswill Mavenge for assaulting his lover and maliciously damaging her property.
Rusoso, who resides in Samaita Street, Mucheke A, was slapped with a $100 fine or 30 days imprisonment for physically abusing his long-time girlfriend Marlenis Ortiz of Elliot Street Rhodene.
For the malicious damage of property charge, he was sentenced to five months imprisonment sentence suspended on condition he restituted Ortiz with $6500.
It was the State’s case that on June 29, at around 15:34 hrs, Rusoso was at Ortiz’s house when he sent a WhatsApp message to Ortiz’s daughter telling her that she was beautiful.
The daughter then showed the message to Ortiz who then confronted Rusoso; asking him not to do so.
The court heard that this did not go down well with Rusoso who started assaulting Ortiz by dragging her by the collar, scratching her on the chest, hitting her on her left leg with a brick and also accusing her of infecting him with HIV.
Ortiz’s property that included a refrigerator, two table glasses, eight window panes and one big flower vase all valued at $6 500 was damaged.
Edmund Mapope represented the State.
Rusoso parted ways with David Mubaiwa, who played the role of Sabhuku Vharazipi in the play over disagreements on the sharing of money from the play. He went on to launch his own play, Mayaya the Seed of Corruption.
In August 2015, he was arrested in connection with attempted house-breaking after being found loitering at Chrispen Run’anga’s house in Rhodene in the dead of the night.
He also served jail time at Mutinmurefu Prison after being convicted for domestic violence in 2017.