TWO Mutare brothers were punished by the court after they assaulted police officers who sought to arrest one of them over child maintenance arrears.

Ngonidzashe Sithole (30) was jailed for 12 months after he teamed up with his brother, Kudakwashe, and assaulted police officers who wanted to arrest him over maintenance arrears.

Ngonidzashe had four months of his jail term suspended for five years on condition that he does not commit a similar offence within that period.

He will spend eight months behind bars.

Kudakwashe was fined $250 and risks being jailed for four months in the event that he fails to pay the fine. The duo were arrested after they assaulted police officers Andrew Bhungeni and Claris Chinguruve (32) who wanted to apprehend Ngonidzashe as he attempted to evade arrest.

Ngonidzashe and Kudakwashe were being charged with obstructing the course of justice when they appeared before Mutare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe.Herald