Cops probe Grace Mugabe 'assault'

Police in Hong Kong were yesterday investigating whether an alleged assault by the wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe during a shopping trip was captured on video.

Police in Hong Kong were yesterday investigating whether an alleged assault by the wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe during a shopping trip was captured on video.

Investigators were told that Grace Mugabe, pictured, repeatedly punched a photographer in the street at a location believed to be in view of a security camera at a shopping centre.

The incident occurred at the Tsim Sha Tsui Centre on Mody Road, where Mugabe, 43, allegedly attacked Richard Jones, 42, the chief photographer of Hong Kong photo agency Sinopix, after he photographed her shopping on Thursday.

Jones was on assignment for the Sunday Times of London and was tailing Mugabe on her trip to Hong Kong with an entourage of friends and bodyguards.

After her bodyguard chased after Jones and tried to grab his camera, Mugabe allegedly ran over and punched the Welshman in the face and head.

Police will study footage from the cameras and will take formal statements from a reporter working with Jones at the time of the incident. - Sapa

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