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Soldier bites off lender's nose, absconds court

by Staff reporter
17 Jun 2020 at 07:01hrs | Views
A Chiredzi magistrate has issued a warrant of arrest for a Chikombedzi soldier who allegedly bit off the nose of a woman who had lent him some money.

early this year, the accused Godfrey Chiwara (32) appeared before Chiredzi magistrate Regis Mawarire facing two charges of assault and biting off part of complainant Violet Chauke's nose after she approached him demanding her money.

He was remanded out of custody to April 7, 2020 for trial, but failed to turn up, leading to the issuance of a warrant of arrest.

The matter had dragged on for almost two years until the complainant wrote to the police officerin-charge Chikombedzi demanding finalisation of her case.

Chauke recently also alerted police and army bosses in Harare of a possible cover up of the matter after it emerged that police were claiming that they were failing to locate him.

The court heard that sometime in 2018, Chiwara borrowed $100 from Chauke of Tshovani suburb in Chiredzi, and promised to pay back at the end of November 2018.

When Chauke approached Chiwara for her money, the soldier became elusive and when she finally caught up with him on December 23, 2018, a scuffle ensued, resulting in the soldier biting off a chunk of her nose.

When he realised the gravity of the injuries, Chiwara pleaded with the complainant not to report him to the police.

He asked for an out-of-court settlement. Chauke, however, rejected the offer and immediately reported him, leading to his arrest.

Chauke was admitted to Chikombedzi Mission Hospital where a doctor concluded that she had suffered severe injuries on her nose which included loss of nasal cartilage.

She consulted a specialist doctor at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare for a plastic surgery, and eventually underwent corrective surgery in South Africa.

Chauke is also suing him for $300 000 in medical expenses.

Source - newsday