The five law enforcement agents who beat up and humiliated journalist, Clayton Masekesa have been convicted but escaped jail.

They have each been fined $500 each by a Mutare magistrate. The sixth suspect, John Takaendesa, was acquitted after State witnesses exonerated him from committing the crime.

The magistrate said State witnesses gave overwhelming evidence that the suspects assaulted Masekesa and plastered him with mud in a bid to humiliate him.

Manica Post reports that Masekesa sustained some injuries following the attack that occurred at House Number 27 Robert Mugabe Road, Hospital Hill where he had gone to see a girlfriend.

The woman at the centre of the whole saga, Melanda Konde,  is allegedly a girlfriend to one of the municipal police officer who then teamed up with his accomplices to bash the journalist after he found the two at his house.

Saul Tomu (53), Penelock Majonhi (41), Everson Mark Marozva (33), Hope Mwaipa (33) and Joachim Runyanga (35) had pleaded not guilty to the charges saying Masekesa was beaten by members of the public.

Mwaipa and Runyanga are soldiers while Majoni and Marozva are traffic police officers. Tomu is a Mutare municipal cop.