Kudakwashe Mahachi stood up and celebrated after he was acquitted of the charge of attempting to murder his four-year-old son.
The footballer was on trial after he was alleged to have scalded his son with boiling water.
Presiding over the case, Bulawayo regional magistrate Mark Dzira said the complainant stated that he had been scalded and assaulted with a metal bar by his father but during cross examination he told the court that he did not know where the injuries came from.
Magistrate Dzira said evidence from the doctor failed to explain the cause of the injuries as he based his results on what he was told by the complainant.
“A doctor from Mpilo Central Hospital, Dr Tichaona Tokwe saw wounds on the head, groin and legs and did not carry out lab tests to prove and verify the cause of these wounds but, however, concluded based on what the complainant had told him. As a specialist he was supposed to support his opinion with scientific findings,” said magistrate Dzira.
He also said Meline Mahachi and Sinikiwe Sibanda, who are Mahachi’s sisters and Carlos Moyo, Mahachi’s friend, gave conflicting statements.
“Sinikiwe said that she did not observe any ring worms on the complainant while the mother of the complainant, Maritha Ndlovu stated that before the child left for South Africa, he had about two or three ring worms on his head. The evidence from the State had some inadequacies and as a result the court has found Mahachi not guilty and is acquitted,” said magistrate Dzira.
The allegations against Mahachi were that on a date unknown to the prosecutor but between 25 February 2022 and 14 April 2022, Mahachi assaulted his son with an iron bar on the head and mouth.
He was also alleged to have scalded him before also assaulting him with a charger cable all over the body.
The son, as a result, sustained burns and injuries all over the body.
After the series of the assaults, Mahachi allegedly didn’t take his son to hospital for medical attention but instead returned him to Zimbabwe through a cross-border transporter.
The State was represented by Ms Nkazimulo Xaba.