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THERE was drama at a Gweru court last week when a vagrant, apparently stunned at being convicted, threatened to shoot the magistrate and everyone in the room for allegedly disregarding his pleas for forgiveness.

Norman Chiukure, 27, who lives on the streets of the Midlands capital – the court heard – was on trial for smashing the rear mirror of one Benedict Shekede’s vehicle at Kudzanai Bus Terminus in the city centre.

Gweru provincial magistrate Pathekile Msipa ordered him to replace the shattered mirror, failing which he would spend 30 days in prison.

But as the magistrate handed down the ruling, Chiukure kept talking over her saying he had apologised to the complainant.

“I asked for forgiveness from the complainant, what kind of society does not understand forgiveness,” Chiukure kept on saying, interrupting the magistrate.

When asked to stand down from the dock, Chiukure refused and started shouting that he would shoot everyone in the courtroom for not understanding him.

Unimpressed, magistrate Msipa added another month to his sentence, further enraging Chiukure.

“You mean, it’s now two months!?

“You can give me 10 months if that will make you happy!” Chiukure shouted at the magistrate before being shoved out of the courtroom by prison officers.

According to prosecutors, on the 16th February this year, Chiukure hit the rear mirror of Shekede’s car at Kudzanai Bus Terminus after which he was arrested and taken to Gweru Central Police Station.

Source : New Zimbabwe