Friday, 15 July 2016


A Harare man was on Wednesday fined $100 for pointing a firearm at his son-in-law who had a domestic dispute with his daughter.

Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe ruled that Tommy Thomson (55), who acted in the heat of the moment, should pay a fine or spend 20 days in prison.

In mitigation, Thomson told the court that he rushed to his son-in-law’s place of residence after his daughter called him saying she was being assaulted. Thomson, of No. 1061 Chitove Close, Houghton Park in Harare, is a panel beater. The son-in-law, Tawanda Chikondo, resides at No. 20 Selsey Road, Waterfalls in Harare.

Prosecuting, Miss Samantha Dhlamini said on July 5 this year at around 4pm, Chikondo received a phone call from his landlord advising him that there were people loading his property from the cottage onto a truck.

Chikondo rushed home and noted that it was his wife, her sister and the truck driver. Chikondo barred them from taking away the property.

Thomson’s daughter, Sharmane, contacted her father and told him that she was being assaulted by her husband. Thomson armed himself with his Norinco pistol serial number 44000544, loaded with two live rounds. He drove to his son-in-law’s place of residence and cocked his firearm on arrival.

He pointed it at Chikondo. After the fracas, Chikondo reported the matter to the police.


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