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A 27 YEAR-OLD Gweru man who tried to avoid traffic cops by speeding off with an officer clinging to the bonnet of his car was on Friday jailed for seven years after being convicted of attempted murder charge.

Nyashadzashe Musipa was asked to stop at a roadblock by Jeffrey Nyambawaro, a police officer based at Senga but refused. Instead he failed to stop and sped off with the cop clinging to the bonnet of his car.

Regional magistrate, Morgan Nemadire sentenced Musipa to 10 years before suspending three years for five years on condition of good behaviour.

In passing sentence Nemadire said Musipa deserved a severe sentence since he could have caused the death of the police officer by his reckless behaviour.

He said it was fortunate that the police officer had not sustained any injuries but added that Musipa’s “madness” made a custodial sentence inevitable in order not to trivialise such offences.

The state’s case was that on the 27th June 2014 Nyambawaro was at a roadblock with four other police officers at the roundabout along Shurugwi road.

At around 2.30 pm, Musipa approached the roadblock and was asked to stop by the Nyambawaro.

Musipa however did not stop and Nyambawaro clung to the bonnet of his car and he (Musipa) drove at high speed for about 6km.

An ambulance driver who was stopped at the roadblock picked one Constable Muzhongo and they gave chase. They caught up with Musipa at the Fletcher High School turn off along the Gweru- Shurugwi road.

Musipa was arrested after being stopped and taken to the Gweru Central Police Station.

Source : New Zimbabwe