THE High Court has ordered Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi and police commissioner Augustine Chihuri and one constable Morros to compensate a Harare man who was assaulted by the cop last year.
“The defendants shall pay the plaintiff jointly or severally, the one paying the other absolved the sum of $3,000 being damages for shock, pain and suffering,” reads part of the High Court order which NewZimbabwe.com has.
One Prince Jack, through lawyers from Human Rights NGO Forum, last year approached the High Court demanding a compensation of $11,000 from government.
Taken from Newzimbabwe.com
The claim resulted from an incident in which Jack was apprehended by Morros in October last year when he was in the company of an unnamed friend.
The two were passing through Mbare Bus Terminus on their way to a relative’s funeral.
Jack told the court that while in police custody the police officer assaulted him with open hands on his face for not having a national identity card.
As a result of the assault his doctors confirmed that Jack sustained a broken left hand and endured excruciating pain.
The $3,000 compensation which the High Court ordered the state to pay was arrived at after parties made an out of court settlement and agreed to reduce the amount from the initial $11 000.
“The parties entered into negotiations and entered into an ex curia in respect of the foregoing and other issues which the parties wish to reduce in writing,” the High Court order states.