Injured man sues police

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A POLICE shooting victim is demanding US$5 000 damages from the law enforcement agency after he was shot by a uniformed cop at a roadblock in October last year.

The legal action comes after the High Court recently ordered the government to pay US$17 000 damages to a Chitungwiza woman who was shot by police under similar circumstances in August 2018.
The victim then, Loveness Chiriseni, had boarded an unregistered private vehicle which was driven by Lloyd Sibanda into town.
Officers from St Mary’s Police Station had mounted a roadblock at the intersection of Seke and Delport roads.
Sibanda was signalled to stop as he approached the roadblock, but continued driving, prompting a police officer who was in the middle of the road to fire shots at the car and hit Chiriseni on the right buttock.
In the present matter, Evas Mashingaidze wants payment of US$4 300 for pain, shock and suffering sustained as a result of the shooting.
He wants further US$700 special damages for medical expenses that he incurred.
According to the summons filed before the High Court on October 23 last year Mashingaidze boarded a kombi along Enterprise Road into town around 10pm.
The driver was signalled to stop by uniformed police officers at a roadblock that was mounted along that road.
The driver proceeded to pass without stopping the vehicle as instructed prompting one of the cops to fire shots at the kombi.
Mashingaidze was then shot on the left arm and sustained a series of injuries.
“As a direct result of the actions by the said police officers, the plaintiff suffered damages of shock, pain and suffering.
“The plaintiff further incurred expenses and suffered special damages for medical expenses,” reads the summons.
The court heard Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe and police boss Godwin Matanga were served with the notice of intention to sue in terms of the State Liabilities Act but to no avail.

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