Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, whose 20-year-old daughter Bona is a student at the University of Hong Kong, has reportedly splashed out on a luxury HK$40 million hideaway in Tai Po. The three-storey home at the JC Castle development was bought in June last year by a middleman acting on behalf of Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace, months before Bona began her degree course, The Sunday Times newspaper reported in Britain. The house, in a gated compound with clubhouse and swimming pool, was reportedly bought through the middleman using a shelf company, although the newspaper quotes sources in Zimbabwe as saying the Mugabes hold a controlling interest in the property. On Friday, two Hong Kong-based photographers working for The Sunday Times called police to complain that they had been assaulted by a man and woman apparently looking after the property, the paper said. The confrontation took place three weeks after an incident in which another photographer complained of being punched repeatedly by Grace Mugabe in Tsim Sha Tsui. In Friday's alleged incident, Colin Galloway, 46, said he was gripped by the throat and lifted off his feet by an African man in his 30s. His colleague, Tim O'Rourke, 45, said he was also assaulted. O'Rourke told the South China Morning Post yesterday that the man and an African woman aged about 30 attacked him and Galloway when they noticed O'Rourke was taking pictures. Police were called, and the two photographers and the alleged assailants were taken to a police station. No one was arrested. Mr Mugabe, who will be 85 this week and is banned along with members of his regime and their families from travelling to European Union countries and the United States, was in Hong Kong last summer as his daughter prepared to begin her studies. A Hong Kong police spokeswoman said last night that inquiries into the alleged assault were continuing, JC Castle is an upmarket development owned by Albert Yeung Sau-shing's Emperor Group and named after action star Jackie Chan. The development's Chinese name is the actor's name in reverse.