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A NURSE based at Renco Mine Clinic in Masvingo has appeared in court charged with assaulting a patient who repeatedly greeted her and demanded a response.

Getrude Sibanda pleaded guilty to assault when she appeared before Masvingo magistrate Langton Ndokera.

Sibanda told the court she hit the patient after he caressed her all over her body.

Prosecutor Fidelicy Nyamukondiwa told how, sometime in April this year, Martin Burombo, 43, went to Renco Mine Clinic for treatment and allegedly greeted Sibanda twice without any response.

During court proceedings Burombo told the court he was surprised when Sibanda started shouting at him, accusing him of distracting her from her work.

“I wanted to make sure that she heard me so I approached her tapped her on the shoulder, repeating my greetings to her.

“After that she hurriedly went outside the building and armed herself with a half brick, which she used to assault me and I remained cool. As if that was not enough, she further assaulted me with open fists on my face,” Burombo told the court.

The magistrate told Sibanda that she was not supposed to take the law into her own hands.

Sibanda is due to appear in court on Friday for sentencing.

Source : New Zimbabwe