HARARE magistrate Takundwa Mtetwa dismissed an application filed by suspended Zanu PF Harare provincial youth chairperson Godwin Gomwe seeking suspension of his 70-hour community service sentence pending appeal at the High Court.
Magistrate Mtetwa ruled that Gomwe’s chances of success on appeal were none. Gomwe had made the application to have his sentence suspended, pending a determination of his appeal against both conviction and sentence at the High Court.
“The defence counsel’s argument that the sentence is severe and induces shock is misplaced and hence the request is unjustified and is hereby dismissed,” Mtetwa said and ordered Gomwe to proceed and continue with his community service sentence.
Gomwe was last month convicted on two counts of criminal insult.
He is now expected to perform his community service at Budiriro Primary School for the next two weeks.
Through his lawyer, John Ndomene, Gomwe had argued that the presiding magistrate erred in his judgment in that he failed to analyse the evidence of each of the State witnesses who testified in court.