A SEKE man who set ablaze his girlfriend's clothes valued at US$350 after accusing her of infidelity has been sentenced to 208 hours of community service.
The man was also convicted of resisting arrest.
Tonderai Nhivativa (24) of Chakaza Village admitted to malicious damage to property and resisting arrest when he appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Ms Barbra Chimboza.
Ms Chimboza sentenced him to 18 months in prison of which four were suspended for the next four years.
A further six months were set aside on condition he restitutes Priscilla Mambo (25) of Gombo Business Centre in Seke of US$350 before the end of September.
Eight months were suspended on condition he performs 208 of community service.
Prosecutor Ms Tafadzwa Makwande proved that on August 3, at around 2am, and at Gombo Business Centre, Nhivativa suspected that Mambo was having an affair with another man.
Nhivativa went to a local bar and started boozing before going to Mambo’s place where he took some blankets and clothes and set them alight. Mambo was called by her neighbour Martha Puri and found her property in ashes.
Two police officers went to Nhivativa’s place after a report was made and told him that he was under arrest.
The court heard that Nhivativa resisted arrest by pushing away one of the police officers and trying to flee.
He was apprehended with the help of members of the public.