Russel Tawanda Sibanda (30) was convicted and sentenced on his own plea of guilty to malicious damage to property, when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate, Nyaradzo Ringisai.
He was sentenced to a six-month jail term, which was wholly suspended on condition he restitutes the bar owner $933 on or before November 30 this year.
In sentencing Sibanda, the magistrate said the court considered that he was remorseful and willing to restitute the complainant.
Sibanda had bought beer worth $10 using a bank card to swipe and demanded that he pays deposit for the empty beer bottles using the same system since he did not have cash.
A brawl broke after the bar lady insisted on cash, as Sibanda turned around and demanded a reversal of the transaction.
In a fit of rage, Sibanda grabbed a 10-litre plastic bucket full of punch and dropped it on the floor, smashed the refrigerator's glass door with a brick, before breaking the swipe machine.
The matter was reported to the police, leading to Sibanda's arrest.
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