Woman attacks detective with machete

A 64-year-old Chimanimani woman who hacked a police detective with a machete to prevent him from arresting her son over six counts of robbery has been spared jail by a magistrate here.

Dorcas Mareni of Tomeke Village under Chief Muusha was slapped with a wholly-suspended 12-month jail term for the attempted murder of a police detective by magistrate Alex Shumba.

She was convicted on her own plea of guilt and was spared jail due to her advanced age.

It was the State’s case that on July 8 and at 2000 hours detective George Njowa and a colleague approached Mareni’s homestead with the intention of arresting her son Wonder Mareni over six counts of robbery he had been suspected of committing in Mutare.

The detectives, however, only found Dorcas at home and enquired about her son’s whereabouts without disclosing their intentions.

She then called her son on his mobile who indicated that he was already on his way back home from the business centre where he had gone.

They then went over to meet him along the way about 100 metres from the shop. However, as they identified themselves to her son as police detectives, Dorcas came over holding a machete and started dissuading them from effecting an arrest.
Dorcas then struck Njowa once, allowing her son to make good his escape during the fracas.

They only managed to arrest Wonder after a 500-metre chase but Njowa collapsed due to excessive bleeding.
He was then rushed to Biriiri District Hospital from where he was referred to Mutambara Mission Hospital where he was admitted.

Doctor Godwin Choga examined Njowa and concluded that the injury was severe. Mike Tembo was prosecuting. —Bernard Chiketo in MUTARE

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