Traf­fic cops, nurse lose $17,000 to con­man

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Wynne Zanamwe

A 33 YEAR-OLD man from Gweru, who posed as a car dealer, duped two traf­fic of­fi­cers and a nurse of over $17,000.

Mbon­isi Sibanda was yes­ter­day ar­raigned be­fore Provin­cial Mag­is­trate Mrs Phathek­ile Msipa fac­ing four counts of theft. Sibanda who duped one of the com­plainants twice is plead­ing not guilty.

The mag­is­trate re­manded him out of cus­tody on $200 bail to Au­gust 1 for trial.

Pros­e­cu­tor, Miss He­len Khosa told the court that Sibanda conned con­sta­bles Chris­tine Matare and Per­pet­ual Shumba both sta­tioned at Gweru Traf­fic and Sis­ter Shylet Chinyakuze, a nurse at Shu­rugwi Hos­pi­tal.

Miss Khosa said on the first count and in the month of Au­gust last year, Cst Matare who re­sides at Mtapa camp ap­proached Sibanda and asked him to pur­chase a Honda Fit on her be­half us­ing his ac­count from Ja­pan.

“The com­plainant then gave the ac­cused $900 but then faced some fi­nan­cial prob­lems and could not fin­ish pay­ing for the car,” she said.

Some­time in March, the court heard, Cst Matare topped up with $985 which was now for a Mark II be­fore she gave Sibanda a fur­ther $1,900 for duty.

Miss Khosa said Cst Matare was prej­u­diced $3,785 by the com­plainant who did not pur­chase the ve­hi­cle.

“Matare later ap­proached Sibanda with the in­ten­tion of pur­chas­ing a Toy­ota Hi­ace from Ja­pan and gave him a to­tal of $2,800. She suf­fered a to­tal prej­u­dice of $6,585 and noth­ing was re­cov­ered,” she said.

On the third count Sibanda al­legedly de­frauded Sis­ter Chinyakuze of $1,511 which she paid as de­posit for a Toy­ota Corolla.

Miss Khosa told the court that on the fourth count, Cst Shumba ap­proached Sibanda and gave him $9,000 for the pur­chase of a Toy­ota Hi­ace from Ja­pan.

The ac­cused gave Shumba ex­cuses say­ing that there had been a prob­lem with the pa­per­work and gave her false prom­ises.

The com­plainants re­ported the mat­ters to the po­lice lead­ing to Sibanda’s ar­rest.

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