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MDC MP Paul Madzore in court for assault

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Glen View House of Assembly Member Paul Madzore (MDC-T) yesterday appeared in court for allegedly assaulting a policeman who had asked his aide to produce some identification.

Madzore (42) appeared before Harare magistrate Mrs Victoria Mashamba charged with assaulting or resisting orders from a peace officer.Mrs Mashamba deferred his trial to May 17 this year.

Mr Jeremiah Bamu, who appeared for the MP yesterday, had submitted that Madzore's lawyer Mr Alec Muchadehama was in Netherlands and will be back in the country on April 20.

He also said he was only furnished with State papers yesterday.Prosecutor Ms Sikhangele Mahla-mvana alleges that on December 14, 2006 at about 0200hrs, a team of detectives were on patrol in Glen View. When they got to Makomva Shopping Centre in Glen View 2, they saw a vehicle parked with its boot partially open.

The complainant, Everisto Maponga, who is a member of the Criminal Investigation Department asked one of the occupants to come out of the vehicle and Madzore's aide Onwell Kadembo complied, it is alleged.

Maponga and Detective Constable Chipadza produced their identity cards and asked Kadembo to identify himself.Kadembo, it is alleged, went back to the vehicle and brought Madzore's particulars instead.

When Maponga was talking to Kadembo, the State says Madzore got out of the driver's seat, charged towards the policeman and punched him with both hands on the chest forcing him to stagger backwards.

The MP allegedly attempted to attack Maponga again but was restrained by the other detectives who subsequently arrested him.

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